Walthamstow to Finchley express bus launches on Saturday

TfL’s ‘Superloop 1’ route will launch this weekend

The already launched Superloop 10 bus, Credit: Transport for London (TfL)

A brand new Transport for London (TfL) ‘Superloop’ bus route connecting Walthamstow with Finchley launches on Saturday (9th December).

The SL1 bus launch comes after the SL10 route between Harrow and North Finchley went into operation on 25th November. The Superloop, which is a ring of express bus routes connecting outer London boroughs, was first announced in May.

The SL1 route 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.  It includes stops at Crooked Billet, Walthamstow Bell Corner and Walthamstow Market, as well as Walthamstow Central which serves as the route’s terminus.

In October, it was announced that the SL1 will stop in Chingford, following “positive feedback” TfL received in its consultation round for the service.

The service will also include stops at travel connections like New Southgate, Arnos Grove and Silver Street stations.

At Walthamstow Central, the SL1 will connect with future route SL2, which will take riders to the Royal Docks and include stops in Gants Hill, Ilford, Barking and Gallions Reach.

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The full loop of the Superloop will be complete by Spring 2024, as the SL2, SL3 and SL5 enter service.

The SL1 will run every twelve minutes Monday to Saturday and every 15 minutes on evenings and Sundays. This service, combined with bus route 34, will mean customers can expect a bus every five to six minutes during Monday to Saturday, up from every eight minutes at present. 

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.”

Louise Cheeseman, TfL’s director of buses, said: “It is great to see that customers are benefiting from the Superloop. The express bus network was made with customers in mind, giving them quicker and more sustainable options when it comes to public transport in outer London.

“We are pleased to see that the Superloop services that are already part of the network are a firm favourite for those who need to get around the capital, and to be able to offer Londoners even more new instantly recognisable routes.”

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