Transport for London (TfL) is expanding its Superloop express bus services in outer London due to the success of its initial routes. The new SL10 route between Harrow and North Finchley, as well as the upcoming SL1 route from North Finchley to Walthamstow Central, are part of the Superloop network connecting key locations in Barnet, Enfield, and Waltham Forest.
Recent data indicates a significant increase in demand for Superloop routes, with a 62% rise in weekly demand for the SL7 service. Plans for the proposed SL5 route from Bromley to Croydon have been confirmed, adding over 4 million additional bus kilometers to the outer London network. The Superloop, a key element of the Mayor’s efforts to enhance the bus network in outer London, is set to complete its full loop by Spring 2024, with further expansion planned.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It is fantastic to see the Superloop already encouraging more people onto London’s bus network. It’s proving a real game-changer. Now people travelling in outer London are getting another boost before Christmas with two brand new routes coming into service, making it easier to see friends and family, or to visit local town centres or services. I’m delighted to see so many Londoners benefitting from the Superloop so far, and there’s much more to come.”
Louise Cheeseman, TfL’s Director of Buses, said: “It is great to see that customers are benefiting from the Superloop. The express bus network was made with customers in mind, giving them quicker and more sustainable options when it comes to public transport in outer London. We are pleased to see that the Superloop services that are already part of the network are a firm favourite for those who need to get around the capital, and to be able to offer Londoners even more new instantly recognisable routes.
“The launch of the SL1 means the majority of the Superloop network will be in operation before the end of this year, connecting key outer London town centres and transport hubs in the north west and the south west, making transport even easier for people. We are always working to improve our bus network and we will continue our work to bring the rest of the Superloop routes into service as quickly as possible.”
Cllr Alan Schneiderman, Barnet Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change, said: “Superloop orbital services are great for connecting people within Barnet and beyond, so it’s good to hear the Mayor announce even more routes at greater frequencies. The SL10 and new SL1 electric buses will mean faster, affordable, and sustainable travel between Enfield and Waltham Forest in the east to North Finchley and then Hendon and Harrow in the West. The routes will also serve new developments at Brent Cross and Colindale making travel across Barnet on public transport easier for even more people.”
Tim Leech, Head of Surface Access Strategy and Sponsorship at Heathrow Airport, said: “It’s really positive to see such high levels of demand for the Superloop service between Heathrow Central and West Croydon. Bus routes are important for thousands of passengers and colleagues travelling to Heathrow, and we look forward to continuing to work with TfL to deliver quicker and more sustainable travel options for our customers.”