London Buses route 498 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Queen's Hospital and Brentwood, it is operated by Stagecoach London.
Route 498 commenced operation on 16 December 2005 replacing commercial route 351 from Chelmsford to Romford. The route was initially operated by Arriva Southend from their Grays Garage using Alexander ALX400 bodied DAF DB250LFs, these were eventually replaced by Wright Cadets.
On 28 June 2008, the route passed to First London operating from their Dagenham (DM) garage using brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts. The frequency on Sunday was increased to every 30 minutes at the same time.
On 29 September 2012, the route was converted to full double deck operation using Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 and Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs.
On 27 April 2013, the route was extended from Romford Station to Queens Hospital via South Street, Oldchurch Road and Oldchurch Rise. The double deck journeys were withdrawn at the same time.
In June 2014, the Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs were replaced by Optare Olympus bodied Scania N230UDs.
In July 2015, the Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Tridents were replaced by brand new Enviro 400 MMC bodied Alexander Dennis E40D's.
Route 498 operates via these primary locations:
- Queen's Hospital
- Gallows Corner
- Harold Park
- Brentwood High Street
- Brentwood Sainsbury's