After missing a year, Routemasters and other mainly London vehicles returned to Salisbury Plain for this unique one-day registered service across the military ranges. Co-founder MARTIN CURTIS, who also took these photographs, describes what was there and what this year’s event achieved

The first 30ft Routemaster, RATP London RML880 (WLT 880) of 1961, arriving at one of the busy bus stops in Imber. The buildings behind are used for urban warfare training.

Imberbus, begun in 2009 with four London Routemasters providing one-day registered bus service 23A from Warminster across the normally inaccessible Salisbury Plain firing ranges, controlled by the Ministry of Defence, returned on August 21 after the Covid pandemic caused its cancellation last year. Twenty-seven vehicles took part, 24 of them providing the service; 14 of these were classic Routemasters.

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