London Buses route 293
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Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro on route 293
|Vehicle||Scania OmniCity SD 12.0m
Scania OmniCity DD 10.8m
|Peak vehicle requirement||6|
|Night-time||No night service|
|End||Epsom General Hospital|
|Length||8 miles (12 km)|
|Frequency||About every 20-30 minutes|
|Journey time||33-57 minutes|
|Operates||05:38 until 00:58|
Route 293 was begun in April 1970, replacing route 93 between North Cheam and Epsom. At the time, the service ran beyond Morden to South Wimbledon and Wimbledon railway station in the peak hours, and served Epsom railway station rather than the General Hospital.
In 1973, the route was converted to double deck operation.
In 1982, the allocation was transferred to Sutton (A).
In April 1986, operation was transferred to London Country,using 2nd hand ex Strathclyde PTE Atlanteans from Dorking (DS).Upon privatisation of LCBS,the route was transferred to London Country South West.In 1990, the route was withdrawn between Morden Station & Hackbridge,and was extended to run to Merton Abbey,Savacentre. The section between Morden & Hackbridge was replaced by new route 393,both routes operating from Leatherhead (LH).Brand new Volvo Citybuses replaced the increasingly unreliable Strahclyde Atlanteans.The route was the passed from the control of London Regional Transport,and became a commercially operated route by LCSW. From 1993-1995,evening & Sunday services were renumbered 593,and were operated by Epsom Buses (now Quality Line)using Mercedes minibuses,from 1995-1998,the 593 journeys were operated by London General,using MRL & DW types from Sutton (A).
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 the new London General. London general used buses from the commercial services fleet based at Sutton (A),hence both MCW Metrobuses,and Dennis Darts were used.
On 30 August 2008, Metrobus commenced operating route 293, using new Scania OmniCity single-decks and a new Scania OmniCity double-deck.
On 31 August 2013, Route 293 was retained by Metrobus, with existing single deckers and a double decker. 
- Morden Station London Road
- Lower Morden
- St. Anthony's Hospital
- North Cheam
- Ewell High Street
- Epsom High Street
- Epsom General Hospital