Express bus scheme the Superloop is making it easier to zip around outer London
It’s a well known fact of London life that it’s super easy to travel into the centre of town but an absolute nightmare to travel around the edge of it – you either have to do pointless zig-zagging into the city and out again via tube and train in another direction or quite literally go round the houses on excessively long and winding bus routes. And with the ULEZ now covering the Greater London boundary, zipping around town by car has become a very expensive option.
That’s where Sadiq Khan’s Superloop comes in. The new scheme, part of a £6 million investment in the outer London bus network, consists of routes with fewer stops that skirt around the edges of the city rather than going deep into it, making journeys between neighbourhoods much quicker.
What are the current Superloop routes?
The routes currently running on the Superloop network are:
- SL6, from Russell Square to West Croydon
- SL7, from Croydon to Heathrow Airport
- SL8, from Uxbridge to White City
- SL9, from Heathrow Airport to Harrow
- SL10, from Harrow to North Finchley
When will the other Superloop routes be running?
There are five more routes on the Superloop network, with the newest one, the SL1, from North Finchley to Walthamstow Central, starting services from Sat 9th December. The SL2 (from Walthamstow Central to North Woolwich) and the SL3 (from Thamesmead to Bromley) will begin running in spring 2024. We’ll have to wait until 2025 for the SL4 (from Canary Wharf to Grove Park) to begin, and there’s no date yet for when the SL5 (from Bromley to Croydon) will start operating.