The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced plans to create a new orbital network of express buses in outer London. The mayor is providing £6m funding as an initial catalyst and buses will charge the same fares as existing Transport for London (TfL) bus services.

Branded as “Superloop” the first stage will comprise TfL’s existing limited stop services – routes X26 (Heathrow Airport – West Croydon), X68 (West Croydon – Russell Square), X140 (Heathrow Airport – Harrow) and 607 (White City – Uxbridge). The frequency on route X26 is to be doubled to four buses an hour later this year.

A new route linking Harrow and North Finchley has been confirmed with proposals for services linking North Finchley – Walthamstow, Walthamstow – Royal Docks, Bexleyheath – Bromley and Bromley – Croydon being developed. It is also expected to include the proposed cross-river route X239 (Canary Wharf – Grove Park). Once completed there will be an almost continuous orbital loop of express buses around outer London. If fully implemented the changes would add about four million kilometres per year to the bus network.

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