London Bus Route 493 - Richmond, Manor Circus - East Sheen - Roehampton - Southfields - Wimbledon - Tooting, St. George's Hospital. (13 Miles)
Operated By Go Ahead London: London General
Garage: Waterside Way PL
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The route 493 began on the 23rd November 2002 and provided a link between Tooting & Richmond, (via Wimbledon, Southfields, Roehampton, East Sheen). The contract to operate the 493 was awarded to Mitcham Belle from their Beddington Garage. The current PVR was Monday to Friday 13LFSD, Saturday 12LFSD and Sunday 9LFSD. On the 27th August 2004 Mitcham Belle was purchased by Centra London including all Mitcham Belle’s fleet & their garage.
On the 20th May 2006 as Centra lost the contracts for their routes including the 493 and Metroline/Armchair temporary operated the 493 using Darts from their Brentford Garage (AH). The current PVR was Monday To Saturday 14DLD, Sunday 12DLD. On the 31 March 2007 NCP Challenger gained the contract for the 493 and allocation brand new Enviro 200’s for the 493, which is operated from their Fulwell Garage (NC). There was also an PVR increase for the 493, Monday to Saturday 17AD and Sunday 12AD.
A few months later in the summer 2007 (30th June), the 493 was re-routed in the Wimbledon area to serve Plough Lane (Superstores & Greyhound stadium). A couple of years later in 2010 NCP was rebranded Transdev. A new contract for the 493 began on the 31st March 2012 using yet again more new enviro 200’s which Go Ahead London now operated from their Plough Lane Garage (Waterside Way). The current PVR is Monday To Friday 17SE, Saturday 16SE & Sunday 9SE. The average journey time is between 50 & 95 minutes. The average frequency Monday To Saturday is every 12 minutes where as Sunday’s and evenings run every 20mins.
History Last Updated 23rd March 2013