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.
Route 293 commenced operation on 18 April 1970 between Epsom and Wimbledon stations via Ewell - North Cheam - Stonecot Hill - Morden Station - South Wimbledon, replacing the withdrawn section of route 93 between North Cheam and Epsom.
The purpose of the new route was to split Route 93 into two overlapping sections and, crucially, converting the southern section to One Person Operation (OPO).
The new route was allocated to Merton Garage (AL) with operation by 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.
On 19 July 1986, the route passed to London Country, 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In 1990, the route was withdrawn between Morden station and Hackbridge, and was extended to run to Merton Abbey.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.
On 19 July 2003, route 293 passed to Quality Line operating from their Epsom (EB) with brand new Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaros introduced. The service was slightly re-routed between Morden and North Cheam.
On 30 August 2008, the route passed to Metrobus opertating from their Croydon garage (C) with brand new Scania OmniCity single deckers introduced and a Scania OmniDekka.
In November 2008, the Scania OmniDekka was replaced by a brand new Scania OmniCiy double decker.
On 31 August 2013, the route was retained by Metrobus.
In June 2014, the Go-Ahead Group restructured its bus operations, which included the transfer of Route 293 from Metrobus to Go-Ahead London.
The route will be passed to Quality Line and will be operated from their Epsom (EB) garage using brand new Enviro 200 MMC bodied Alexander Dennis E20Ds and a new double decker from 1 September 2018.
Route 293 operates via these primary locations:
- Morden Station
- Lower Morden
- St Anthony's Hospital
- North Cheam
- Ewell High Street
- Epsom High Street
- Epsom General Hospital