Palmers Green added but North Mid ditched from proposed ‘Superloop’ bus route

TfL’s public consultation on new express bus service now open until 21st July

The new Superloop network was announced by TfL in March
The new Superloop network was announced by TfL in March

A stop outside North Middlesex Hospital has been removed from Transport for London’s plans for an express bus service through Enfield – while a new stop has been added in Palmers Green.

Announcing its sooner-than-expected public consultation on the X34 ‘Superloop’ bus route between North Finchley and Walthamstow today (9th), TfL published maps which included no direct link to the Edmonton hospital.

Asked by the Dispatch whether a previously proposed stop in Gloucester Road, near the hospital entrance, had been removed from its Superloop plans, TfL confirmed this was the case but did not give an explanation.

It was only at the start of May that TfL produced a simplified route map which included North Mid. But now it is proposing that passengers wishing to visit the hospital should instead walk there from Silver Street Station.

However, the proposed additional stop at the Green Lanes junction with the North Circular has been welcomed by Enfield and Haringey’s London Assembly member, Joanne McCartney, who said on Twitter she was “glad” it had been included.

The X34 consultation is the second to be launched as part of the Superloop plans first announced in March by London mayor Sadiq Khan. TfL had originally said the X34 route would not be consulted on until next year.

The idea behind Superloop is to provide faster and more frequent connections between outer London boroughs. Geoff Hobbs, TfL’s director of public transport planning, said: “Buses sit at the heart of the capital’s transport network and provide a vital lifeline for everyone living, working and visiting the capital.

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Map of the X34 route
Map of the X34 route

“The Superloop will have an important role to play as we strive for a greener, cleaner and more sustainable London. Feedback from the public is hugely valuable and I’d encourage everyone to respond to the consultation.

“This will enable us to shape our future plans and help create a bus service which benefits everyone travelling throughout the area.”

Other stops on the X34 route include New Southgate Station and Arnos Grove Station. Beyond Enfield, there are stops at Colney Hatch Lane in Friern Barnet and Walthamstow Market. The timetable will include services every twelve minutes Monday to Saturday and every 15 minutes during evenings and Sundays.

While it will share much of its route with the existing 34 bus, this service is being retained and, in places where they both serve the same stops, daytime intervals for the two services together will be as little as five or six minutes.

Ben Curtis, campaigns officer for Campaign for Better Transport, said: “TfL’s new Superloop bus route between North Finchley and Walthamstow paves the way for a greener, more connected London. By expanding bus services in outer London, residents, businesses, and visitors have the freedom to travel sustainably and cost effectively.”

Have your say on the proposed X34 bus route before 21st July:

Update (14th June):

A TfL spokesperson said: “The stops shown on the current Superloop map between North Finchley and Walthamstow are not final. The full route and all stops will be confirmed in due course, subject to the outcome the consultation.”

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