London Buses route 296 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Romford and Ilford, it is operated by Stagecoach London.
Route 296 commenced operating on 4 September 1982 between Romford Parkside Hotel and Harold Wood Station via Romford - Victoria Road - Gidea Park - Straight Road - Faringdon Avenue - Petersfield Avenue - Dagnam Park Drive - Colchester Road as a Monday to Saturday service. The route was initially operated by London Transport from their Romford (NS) garage using Leyland Titans.
On 21 November 1987, the route was extended from Romford to Ilford via withdrawn routes 66A and 139.
On 23 October 1989, the route was rerouted to double run via Tescos at Gidea Park.
On 5 January 1991, the double run via Tescos at Gidea Park was withdrawn.
On 10 October 1992, the route passed to Capital Citybus operating from their Dagenham (DM) garage using Northern Counties bodied Leyland Olympians and a Sunday service was introduced.
In 1993, Palatine II bodied Volvo Olympians and a Palatine II bodied Leyland Olympain were introduced.
On 14 October 2000, the route was withdrawn between Romford and Harold Hill - this section served by New Route 496.
In February 2001, the route was converted to low floor single deck operation using Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.
In 2003, brand new Caetano Nimbus bodied Dennis Dart SLFs were introduced.
On 15 October 2005, the route passed to Stagecoach London operating from their Romford (NS) garage using Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.
In 2006, the Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs were replaced by Alexander ALX200 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.
On 30 August 2006, route 296 was included in the sale of Stagecoach to Australian Bank Macquarie trading as East London Group.
On 14 October 2010, route 296 was included in the sale of Australian Bank Macquarie trading as East London Group to Stagecoach.
On 16 October 2010, the route was retained by East London.
In 2011, the Alexander ALX200 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs were replaced by brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts.
On 17 October 2015, the route was retained by Stagecoach London.
On 20 August 2016, a half hourly weekend night service was introduced.
Route 296 operates via these primary locations:
- Romford Station
- Chadwell Heath Moby Dick
- Little Heath
- Newbury Park Station
- Gants Hill Station
- Ilford Station
- Ilford Sainsbury's