Warminster – Imber Village Routemaster Special Service Tomorrow


Every year, a vintage bus service runs from Warminster to the abandoned village of Imber on Salisbury Plain. With all profits going to charity, it’s an interesting opportunity to travel on a Routemaster outside of its natural environment. This year that special service runs on the 3rd August.


A Routemaster on route 23A to Imber

It’s also a rare opportunity to see Imber Village itself, which was taken over by the military in World War Two, evacuated and used as by American troops to exercise ahead of the liberation of Europe. It remained in MOD hands after the War, with the villagers sadly being refused permission to return. Since then Imber has stood empty, with the army continuing to use it for urban fighting exercises, although technically its still classified as an urban entity.

Imber Village, by Scott Wylie

Imber Village, by Scott Wylie

You can find the timetable for this year’s run here. With a feeder service from Bath as well.

Written by John Bull
John Bull is the Editor of London Reconnections. A transport journalist and historian, his writing often focuses on the political or strategic challenges facing London's transport network and beyond.