Elections for the mayor of London took place on May 2, after this issue of Buses went to press.

Incumbent and Labour Party candidate Sadiq Khan has pledged to create a new London bus company which would look at bringing routes into public ownership if a Labour government is elected. He has also restated his commitment to a 100% zero-emission fleet by 2030 and told a Jewish community hustings that he would extend route 210 (Golders Green-Finsbury Park) to Stamford Hill to provide a link between London’s two most significant Jewish centres of population.

Khan has also promised to introduce a new limited stop service, linking Elephant & Castle with Lewisham (News last month) along with further Superloop services in the suburbs. An indicative map, issued by Khan’s campaign team, showed nine routes in addition to the “Bakerloop”, including Harrow-Barnet via Edgware, Hendon-Ealing Broadway via Brent Cross and Leytonstone-South Havering via Romford. The latter is clearly aimed at local politicians in Havering, who have complained about being left out of the current Superloop. It also shows London’s longest daytime route, the SL7 (Heathrow-Croydon), withdrawn between Sutton and Croydon and the SL5 (Bromley-Croydon) extended to Sutton in its place.

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