A journey back in time to the ghost village on Salisbury Plain

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Once a year, a fleet of Routemasters takes visitors through an army training area to a settlement that has lain empty since the second world war

A line of London buses is crossing Salisbury Plain. It looks like someone has taken a red pen to the map. At the wheel of the leading bus is Peter Hendy, AKA Lord Hendy, AKA the boss of Network Rail. He’s a great man for old Routemasters, owns two, and is the driving force – literally – of this annual jaunt to the abandoned village of Imber.

“It’s the bus equivalent,” he says, raising his voice above the engine, “of going to the north pole.”

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