The next Warminster Vintage Bus Running Day will be on…

Sunday 1st October 2017

when vintage buses and coaches, several of them appropriate to the Warminster area, are expected to operate on 14 free bus routes from Warminster Central Car Park (near the Rail Station) between 10 am & 5 pm. There will also be free feeder bus services operating to Warminster from surrounding towns and cities.

We now have in excess of 30 historic vehicles scheduled to take part, including some that have not participated in our event before – click here if you would like to see a list of them. As a result our bus parking area is now almost at capacity and so if you haven’t already told us that you are bringing a vehicle, we regret that we may not be able to accommodate you (please email us if this is likely to create a problem for you).

Our Timetable Programme booklets have now been printed and have been posted out to anyone that had ordered one from us by mid September. Unfortunately it now too late to order one of these from us in advance, but there will be plenty available on the day and if you live close to Warminster, you can also pick one up at the Warminster Hub office in Central Car park until Friday.

Be aware that some vehicles will only operating a small number of journeys, so if you want make sure that you get a ride on a particular bus, don’t forget to purchase a copy of the duty roster book at the same time.

HOW TO REACH US

By Bus / Train – as usual, a number of free feeder bus services will be operating to our event and the times of these can be downloaded by clicking on this map. This year the feeder services will be running from Bristol, Bath, Chippenham, Melksham, Trowbridge, Westbury, Radstock, Frome, Gillingham, Mere, Amesbury, Salisbury and Winchester with some extra pre-booked routes from further afield as shown in the above map.

If you are travelling by rail, there are direct trains to Warminster from Bristol, Bath, Trowbridge, Salisbury, Southampton and Portsmouth and our bus services will also be providing connections with certain trains at Bristol, Westbury, Salisbury and Gillingham stations. For further information on rail services, please call the National Rail Enquiry service on 08457 484950 or click here to visit their website. National Express also operate to Warminster from Portsmouth and Southampton, and Berrys Coaches “Superfast 3” provides a link to Warminster from various points in Somerset en route to London.

By Car – Advice for those driving to our event can be found on our website here. This page also includes a map to give you some ideas on where to park in the town (note that unless you are planning on arriving before 10am, please do not try to park in central car park as half of it will be full of vintage buses and the rest usually fills up with cars very quickly!).

Stopping Overnight – If you need to stay overnight in the area, rooms still seem to be available at the Travelodge on the outskirts of Warminster, but be aware that it is about 1.5 miles from the centre of the town and is not on an ordinary bus route (although we may be able to arrange for a feeder bus to pick you up there on request on the day). However, if you are relying on public transport to visit our event, you might find it easier to stay in Bristol, Bath or Salisbury and use one of our feeder services (or a train) to reach us on the Sunday – some links to local accomodation websites can be found at the bottom of this page on our website.

COULD YOU HELP ?

We are still on the look-out for people who can assist us with marshalling, selling programmes, or navigating the drivers round the country lanes. If you are willing to help with this – even if it is only for an hour or two – please email us at warminstervbrd@gmail.com . If you live locally or in one of the towns served by our feeder bus services, and are able to help us publicise the event by displaying our poster, please also email us and we will send some relevant ones to you in the post.

KEEP UP TO DATE

During the next few weeks we will keep updating this website with further details of our event, so if you would like to be kept informed about what we have planned this year please enter your email address into the “Keep up to date” box on the left hand side of the front page of this webpage, or click on the black “+ follow” tab at the bottom of this page. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us if you need more information, either by using the contact form on our website, or by emailing us at warminstervbrd@gmail.com.

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