National Express is among the coach operators providing a dedicated scheduled coach service to this year’s Imberbus event following the announcement of another rail strike. With fears that the well-known annual event may be postponed, organisers of the event have confirmed that it will still go ahead on Saturday 20 August, thanks to the help of operators including National Express.
The operator’s X23 service will take passengers from London Victoria Coach Station to Imber village. Departure is at 0830hrs with a pick up in Basingstoke before arrival in the village at 11:45. An additional service will run at 0730hrs if there is sufficient demand.
Tickets are available on the National Express website as either travel only (£20 adult or £10 child return) or as a package with admission (£30 adult or £10 child return).
National Express CEO Tom Stables said: “Imberbus is a special event on one of the few days that access to the village is allowed. We are really pleased we have been able to step in and run services so that visitors are still able to have this experience.”
Michael Meilton, an Imberbus organiser, said: “We are so grateful to National Express for providing the first ever scheduled coach service to the ghost village of Imber, and allowing people to get to our Imberbus event on a rail strike day. We urge everyone to book early to secure their seats on this special trip.”
Other operators include Readybus, which is offering a trip from London Hammersmith to Warminster, picking up at Hammersmith at 0830hrs and returning from Imber at 1730hrs at a cost of £30 per person including travel on the Imberbus service, and Crossways Travel, picking up at 0900hrs in Weymouth and at 0930hrs in Dorchester en route to Imberbus.