London Buses route 496 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Harold Wood and Romford, it is operated by Stagecoach London.
Route 496 was commissioned on 14 October 2000 operating by Stagecoach London from their Romford (NS) garage and provided a service between HAROLD WOOD STATION and ROMFORD MARKET using Leyland Titans and Volvo Olympians. The route replaced route 296 between Romford and Harold Wood.
In 2003, the route was extended from Romford Market to The Brewery and was converted to low floor operation using Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Tridents.
In 2005, the route was retained by Stagecoach London.
In 2006, the route was extended from The Brewery to Queen's Hospital via Waterloo Road and Rom Valley Way.
On 30 August 2006, route 496 was included in the sale of Stagecoach to Australian Bank Macquarie trading as East London Group.
On 14 October 2010, route 496 was included in the sale of Australian Bank Macquarie trading as East London Group to Stagecoach.
In 2010, the route was retained by East London.
In May 2011, the Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Tridents were replaced by brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s.
In 2015, the route was retained by Stagecoach London.
- Harold Wood Station Station Road
- Harold Park
- Harold Hill
- Gallows Corner
- Gidea Park Station
- Romford Station
- Queen's Hospital