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New ‘Superloop’ express bus network to help link Enfield with rest of outer London

Arnos Grove and Silver Street stations set to feature along route of orbital bus network connecting key parts of outer London

How the new Superloop bus branding will look
How the new Superloop bus branding will look (credit TfL)

A new express bus service linking two Enfield stations with other outer London boroughs is being planned as part of a wider ‘Superloop’ network being launched by Transport for London (TfL).

TfL wants to provide quicker links between key parts of outer London by creating a network of bus routes that will only have limited stops along their routes. One of these will be a new service between North Finchley and Walthamstow, which will travel along the North Circular and stop in Enfield borough at Arnos Grove Station (for the Piccadilly Line) and Silver Street Station (for the London Overground). The latter stop will double as a connection for North Middlesex Hospital.

The Mayor of London is providing £6m funding as an initial catalyst for the Superloop scheme. It is proposed to be introduced in stages with some routes that would become part of the Superloop already in operation. The North Finchley to Walthamstow service is a brand new route and will be subject to a public consultation within the next twelve months. There will also be a new route from North Finchley to Harrow.

TfL data shows that the most recently introduced limited-stop express route, the X140 from Harrow to Heathrow, delivered a 10%-15% increase in weekday demand.

The Superloop brand will come with its own unique roundel and bus livery to ensure clear identification of the new bus service. The branding will also feature on maps, timetables and other pieces of customer information. A YouTube video introducing the Superloop concept can be watched here.

Part of the rationale behind Superloop is to help provide new public transport options for drivers impacted by the expanding Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez). London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “When I made the tough decision to expand the Ulez London-wide, one of my key commitments to Londoners was to improve transport links in outer London.

“I am delivering on that commitment as we announce the Superloop, the game-changing new network of express buses that will add over four million additional kilometres to our bus network in outer London, linking stations, town centres, hospitals and transport hubs. These new routes will make it much easier for Londoners to get around the capital, and help build a better, greener London for everyone.”


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A map of the proposed Superloop express bus network
A map of the proposed Superloop express bus network

Alex Williams, chief customer and strategy officer at TfL, said: “The Superloop is the jewel in the crown in our plans to strengthen alternatives to the private car ahead of the Ulez expanding London-wide and is a game changer for outer London.

“For the first time we will be bringing a number of the capital’s town centres together with express orbital routes. We know these kinds of services are hugely popular from what we have seen in the rise in the number of people using the X140 during the week.

“Part of making the bus network even more attractive is providing new routes and increasing frequencies where it is required – both of which we are doing with this new iconic service. The Superloop is on top of, and complements, a million additional bus kilometres committed by the mayor in the capital’s outer ring and includes improvements from Sutton in the south to Brent Cross in the north, as well as transformational changes to London’s rail network outside the centre of the city.”

Ben Curtis, campaigns officer at Campaign for Better Transport, said: “This is another welcome step from Transport for London to expand the availability of public transport in outer London. Millions across the capital use the bus every day, and we are delighted that thousands more will now benefit from a joined-up public transport network thanks to the introduction of Superloop services.”

James Cleeton, Sustrans London director, said: “This Superloop could be the start of a transformative initiative to connect outer London. This new service will connect many more Londoners to town centres and the high-quality bus, train and tube networks. Lack of access to quality walking, cycling and public transport provision traps people in costly car dependency, which damages our health, our environment and our communities. This is a great step in tackling that dependency. We would also like to see much greater investment in walking and cycling provision in outer London, where car use is greatest. “

For more information about Superloop and to have your say:
Visit
haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/superloop

For more information about improvements to public transport in outer London:
Visit
tfl.gov.uk/outer-london


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