London Buses route 293

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293
Metrobus bus YN58 BNA.jpg
Metrobus Scania OmniCity SD in Epsom
in January 2011
Overview
Operator London General
Garage Croydon (C)
Vehicle Scania OmniCity SD 12.0m
Scania OmniCity DD 10.8m
Peak vehicle requirement 6
Route
Start Morden station
Via Lower Morden
North Cheam
Ewell
Epsom
End Epsom General Hospital
Length 9 miles (14 km)
Service
Level Daily
Frequency 20-30 minutes
Journey time 33-57 minutes
Operates 05:38 until 00:58

London Buses route 293 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Morden station and Epsom General Hospital, it is operated by London General, a division of Go-Ahead London.

History[edit]

Route 293 commenced operating on 18 April 1970 between Wimbledon and Epsom stations, replacing route 93 between North Cheam and Epsom with AEC Merlins.

On 20 April 1974, it was converted to double operation with Daimler Fleetlines. On 23 April 1983, route 293 was rerouted to serve Hackbridge instead of Wimbledon.

Upon being put up for tender, the route passed to London Country on 19 July 1986, who introduced using second hand ex Strathclyde Partnership for Transport Leyland Atlanteans. Upon privatisation of LCBS, the route was transferred to London Country South West.

In 1990, the route was withdrawn between Morden station and Hackbridge, and was extended to run to Merton Abbey. New Volvo Citybuses replaced the increasingly unreliable Atlanteans.

The route passed from the control of London Regional Transport, and became a commercially operated route by London Country. From 1993-1995, evening and Sunday services were renumbered 593, and were operated by Epsom Buses using Mercedes-Benz minibuses.

Between 1995 and 1998, there were a number of route changes, but the route was finally standardised to run its current service in 2000, now operated by London General.

Upon being re-tendered, on 19 July 2003 route 293 passed to Quality Line. The service was slightly re-routed between Morden and North Cheam.

When next tendered, the route passed to Metrobus' Croydon garage on 30 August 2008.[1] Metrobus successfully tendered to retain the route, with a new contract commencing on 31 August 2013.[2][3]

In June 2014, route 293 was included in the transfer of Metrobus's contracted Transport for London routes to fellow Go-Ahead Group subsidiary London General.[citation needed] However, the vehicles used on the route continue to carry Metrobus branding.

Current route[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Route 293 - award announced 20 December 2007". Transport for London. 20 December 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Route 293 - award announced 31 January 2013". Transport for London. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 21 April 2013

External links[edit]

Media related to London Buses route 293 at Wikimedia Commons