Why have you chosen these limited stops for the proposed X34?

    These new limited stop routes are designed to minimise the number of stops and journey time, while maximising access to the route by serving interchanges with other bus and rail routes, and key attractors such as town centres.

    We think the stops proposed for the X34 would give people more transport options to move between key locations in Barnet, Enfield and Waltham Forest. They connect town centres, hospitals, schools and transport hubs with a quicker bus service than existing routes, and would encourage more sustainable journeys in outer London. The stops proposed would also provide extra capacity on the busiest part of the existing 34-bus route between Arnos Grove and Walthamstow.

    We think we are proposing the right stops where there is the most demand for more transport options, however we want your feedback on whether these are the right places for a new limited stop route.

    Will my journey be quicker?

    We have designed our proposals to provide quicker journey times by stopping less frequently.

    How often would the X34 run?

    The X34 would run with:

    • Buses every 12 minutes Monday to Saturday, and
    • Buses every 15 minutes on evenings and Sundays
    • It would be timetabled to run at similar times as a regular day service would
    • During Monday to Saturday daytimes there would be a combined frequency at the common stops on the proposed X34 and the 34 of buses about every five to six minutes

    What will happen to the existing 34 and 221-bus routes?

    The 34 and 221-bus routes are well used and there are no plans to remove these routes from service. At bus stops where both the 34 and the X34 would stop there would be a bus every five to six minutes, rather than every eight minutes as there is now. With the addition of a new limited stop route however we are proposing to change the frequency of the 34-bus route to better match capacity to demand to:

    • Buses every ten minutes Monday to Saturday (currently every seven and a half minutes), and
    • Buses every twelve minutes on evenings and Sundays (currently every eight minutes) 

    The frequency of the 221 would not change.

    When could the X34 be running?

    Our aim is that the X34 could be operating by Spring 2024. This is dependent on the outcome of this consultation, and further feasibility and commercial terms.  

    What is Superloop?

    We are proposing to introduce the Superloop, which would be made up of express limited-stop bus routes, that circle the entire capital, connecting key outer London town centres, stations and transport hubs.

    The Superloop would be designed to provide quicker journey times with routes stopping less frequently, while serving key places such as town centres, hospitals, schools and transport interchanges.

    What is a limited stop express bus service?

    Limited stop express bus services in London are generally routes that skip stops to speed up passenger journey times. These can also be referred to as express buses. The limited stop express bus services we operate generally stop as little as possible while maximising connectivity when they do by serving the busiest bus stops along the route such as town centres, and interchanges with other bus routes and rail lines.

    What are these new bus routes and which parts of London would they serve?

    The Mayor has asked us to propose a system of limited stop express bus routes that would create an orbital link across outer London, known as the Superloop. The network is currently in development, but routes could serve Barnet, Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Bromley, Brent, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon, Greenwich, Kensington & Chelsea (100 metres to nearest Superloop route 607) Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Richmond, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Westminster. Route X26, which links Heathrow and West Croydon, also operates through North Cheam and Worcester Park with bus stops that are a short distance from the London Borough of Merton. While route X26 does not stop in the London Borough of Hounslow, it does stop at Hatton Cross station which is 100 metres from the borough boundary.

    Route X239 will also form part of the Superloop and will start operating in 2025 when the Silvertown Tunnel opens. Route X239 will run between Canary Wharf and Grove Park via Blackheath and Lee, running non-stop between Leamouth and Sun in the Sands (Greenwich).

    Will the Superloop cost the same as regular buses and will they be included in the Hopper fare and can Freedom Passes/concessionary passes be used?

    Yes, normal bus fares will apply on the Superloop. Freedom and concessionary passes will also be valid, subject to the usual restrictions.