Croydon Superloop bus route change ruled out despite London area's 'poor transport links'

An SL7 bus at West Croydon bus station
-Credit: (Image: Adam Toms/MyLondon)

Sadiq Khan has ruled out an extra stop on one of London's Superloop bus routes, despite the area having 'poor public transport links'. The issue was raised by Liberal Democrat member of the London Assembly, Hina Bokhari.

She asked Mr Khan: "Have you considered adding a stop at St Augustine's which would help an area with a low PTAL [public transport accessibility level] rating and help increase the link between Whitton and the airport? This would be important for key workers and also supplement the existing 481 bus service which links Whitton to Kingston."

The mayor replied: "Transport for London (TfL) does not currently plan to change the stopping sequence of route SL7 including the St Augustine's area, as demand is not sufficient in this area to justify provision of an additional stop. As you will know, the core objectives of the Superloop are providing faster journeys between key Outer London town centres and transport hubs, which are enabled by the limited stop nature of services.

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Sadiq Khan, Labour Mayor of London, leans forward in his seat during the launch of Labour's general election manifesto
Sadiq Khan has promised to roll out more Superloop routes -Credit:Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

"The existing local routes, route 285 and 481, have sufficient capacity. Route 285 has a frequent service of five buses per hour, which runs parallel to route SL7 between Kingston and Heathrow Airport whilst serving all stops. Route 481 also provides links between St Augustine's and Teddington, where customers can interchange to either route SL7 or the 285 at no extra cost using the Hopper Fare."

Superloop 2 to be consulted on

It comes as TfL is set to consult on new express routes as part of 'Superloop 2'. Alongside this initial work, Mr Khan says, bosses will 'continue to improve the Outer London bus network with new routes, extensions and re-routings, and increased frequencies, in key areas'.

These include:

  • Haringey Heartlands, Park Royal, Osterley, Tolworth, Southall and Havelock Estate

  • Wanstead and Whipps Cross Hospital

  • Kidbrooke Village

  • Orpington and Brent Cross

The mayor also told the London Assembly: "TfL will soon be consulting upon a new route between Golders Green and Stamford Hill. It will also be exploring new approaches to increase bus ridership, introducing new bus lanes and improving facilities such as shelters and customer information.

"TfL will also launch the final route of the first phase of Superloop, with the SL4 beginning when the Silvertown Tunnel opens in 2025, creating river crossings with the nearby Blackwall tunnel and providing a bus every three minutes."

Public consultations for the Superloop 2 routes will appear here over the coming months.

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