Readybus saving Imberbus from rail strike disruption
UK Coach Operator Association (UKCOA) member Readybus has stepped into the breach as a planned rail strike threatens to hinder visitors’ access to Imber on the annual Imberbus running day on Saturday 20 August.
Operating since 2009, Imberbus has grown from just five Routemaster buses running from Warminster to Imber, to an annual event linking other villages including Market Lavington, Tilshead and Chitterne. It attracts 28 vehicles, around 4,000 visitors and, in 2019, raised more than £30,000 for the Friends of St Giles’s church, Imber, the Royal British Legion and Macmillan Cancer Support.
This year the day now coincides with a planned rail strike. However, a call for assistance by the organisers of Imberbus has seen Readybus provide a day excursion from Hammersmith in West London.
“We will have plenty of space for everyone and will put on duplicate vehicles if necessary” – Matt Clayton, Director of Readybus
Matt Clayton, Director of Readybus, said: “We are delighted to be able to assist at this year’s Imberbus event. With something for everyone, whether you are interested in buses and coaches, history or spectacular views you can be sure of a great day out. We will have plenty of space for everyone and will put on duplicate vehicles if necessary.”
“We are grateful to Readybus and the UKCOA for coming to our assistance and providing a direct link to the event from west London” – Michael Meilton, one of the organisers of Imberbus
Michael Meilton, one of the organisers of Imberbus, said: “We want as many people as possible to come and enjoy all that Imberbus has to offer. We are grateful to Readybus and the UKCOA for coming to our assistance and providing a direct link to the event from west London, and encourage everyone to come and join us on 20 August.”
- Readybus’s excursion will depart Hammersmith (Hammersmith Bridge Road) at 8.30am with the return departure from Warminster at 5.30pm. Tickets are priced at £30 a seat, which includes an all-day Imberbus ticket. To book please click here.