Transport for London (TfL) has announced the launch of two new Superloop express bus routes.
The SL10 electric route between Harrow and North Finchley is now in operation, as is the SL1 between North Finchley and Walthamstow Central.
The new services in outer London have launched after the latest ridership figures showed demand on all Superloop routes had increased above the network average level, according to new TfL data.
TfL data shows an increase in passenger usage on several Superloop routes. For example, the average weekly demand on route SL7 in October has seen a 62% change relative to June (before the SL7 was rebranded).
Frequency on route SL7 (Heathrow Central and West Croydon) has also doubled from two buses per hour to four buses per hour when it launched in August, leading to an increase in passenger usage.
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.”
The full loop of the Superloop will be complete by Spring 2024, as the SL2, SL3 and SL5 enter service. The SL4, which runs from Canary Wharf to Grove Park, will open in 2025.
Plans for the proposed SL5 route from Bromley to Croydon have been confirmed following consultation.
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