Imberbus 2020 is cancelled — ‘most who help us have more important things to do’

This year’s Imberbus — the running day that puts London Routemasters and related types on a registered service connecting Warminster with normally inaccessible parts of the Salisbury Plain military range — has been cancelled over concerns that the coronavirus pandemic will make it impossible to plan and operate even in late summer.


The event has grown bigger each year, with increasing sums of money raised for the Royal British Legion and the charity that maintains the church in the abandoned village of Imber, and the 2020 Imberbus, scheduled for Saturday 15 August, was being rebranded as Imberbus Car Free Day to encourage more visitors to take advantage of the once-a-year 23A public transport service.


In a statement issued yesterday, the organising team says: ‘Although we are obviously hoping that coronavirus restrictions will have been relaxed by the summer, it is obvious that the Covid-19 pandemic is going to have a serious effect on all our lives for many, many weeks.


‘It is clearly impossible to predict what the exact position will be in August, and during the next few months most of those who help us put the event on will have more important things to do, both personally and at work. In addition, many of the organisations that support us with money, people’s time, vehicles, fuel and supplies are going to find it difficult to survive, let alone be as helpful and generous as they normally are.


‘It is therefore with great regret that we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Imberbus event now, so we can give plenty of notice to everyone concerned.


‘Rest assured, however, that we only view this as a temporary break and we will certainly be pursuing the concept of a car-free day at Imber next year. Once we have been able to agree suitable arrangements with the Ministry of Defence,  we will let you know the new date.’

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