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TfL says Walthamstow to North Woolwich express bus route will run before Spring

The Superloop 2 (SL2), will include stops in Gants Hill, Ilford, Barking and Gallions Reach

Credit: TfL

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed it will introduce an express bus route billed the ‘Superloop 2″ (SL2)  from Walthamstow to North Woolwich by spring 2024.

The “Superloop”, which is a ring of express bus routes connecting outer London boroughs, was first announced in May.

The SL2 will include stops in Gants Hill, Ilford, Barking and Gallions Reach.

Additional stops will be reintroduced at the A1020 junction with Armada Way near Gallion’s Reach Shopping Centre in Beckton at existing bus laybys immediately south of the existing pedestrian/cycle crossing. 

The SL2 will run every twelve minutes between Monday to Saturday and every 15 minutes on evenings and Sundays, running alongside part of 123 bus route between Walthamstow and Ilford.  

Meanwhile, last month TfL confirmed that a separate express bus service from North Finchley to Walthamstow will include stops in Chingford.


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Set to launch later this year, the Superloop 1 (SL1), will run alongside part of the existing route 221 between North Finchley and New Southgate and part of route 34 between Arnos Grove and Walthamstow. 

The route includes stops at Crooked Billet, Walthamstow Bell Corner and Walthamstow Market, as well as Walthamstow Central which was already known to be the route’s terminus.

The first Superloop bus (SL8) was launched in July and there are currently four Superloop services in operation. The Mayor has previously confirmed that the Superloop will be complete by spring 2024, subject to consultation, with the exception of Superloop route 4, which will start when the Silvertown tunnel opens in 2025. 

Geoff Hobbs, TfL’s director of public transport service planning, said: “The two new Superloop services will provide significantly quicker journeys between busy transport hubs, town centres, hospitals and schools across outer London, as well as offering more travel options connecting to numerous other bus routes. The SL2 and SL3 will join the current Superloop services with a new look and feel to the buses, as well as providing cleaner, cost-effective and sustainable options for customers.


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