Superloop bus extending to Elizabeth line at Abbey Wood then Thamesmead

Transport for London have revealed that the Superloop express bus network will extend from Bexleyheath to Abbey Wood station then onto Thamesmead.

Parts of south east London had been conspicuous by their absence in previously revealed maps.


Previously revealed map ended some way short of revised planned destination

Now it appears Route SL3 from Bromley to Bexleyheath will extend north to serve new developments in Thamesmead. Just this month piling rigs are on site with the start of 329 homes commencing at Binsey Walk.

301 near Abbey Wood station. Peabody’s long neglected plot seen behind

The Superloop network covers outer London radial routes, with TfL stating it provides a “system of limited stop express bus routes that would create an orbital link across outer London”.

Existing bus routes

Bus route 301 was introduced in 2019 linking Bexleyheath to Abbey Wood station then beyond to Thamesmead and Woolwich. It’s proposed to also extend from Woolwich to serve new homes as part of the Charlton Riverside masterplan area, where the first homes have just begun construction.

Work now underway on first Charlton riverside homes

TfL state that the SL3 route will see an additional 1,450,000 kilometres per annum.

Consultation on the route should begin soon and reveal what happens to part-parallel routes such as the 301 when SL3 begins.

301 terminates in Woolwich

Superloop brings new branding and in some cases new electric buses. It is expected to speed up bus journeys which will be just as well, as Thamesmead to Bromley is a long old trip.

How it also links with any express bus from Abbey Wood to Thamesmead then Woolwich will be interesting to see. Bus fares would be the same as existing routes.



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2 thoughts on “Superloop bus extending to Elizabeth line at Abbey Wood then Thamesmead

  • Great news. Thamesmead can still be slow from Abbey Wood so quicker buses is excellent. Doesn’t help that much of the west of Thamesmead is meandering cul de sacs and winding streets.

    Thamesmead to Bromey seems an extremely long trip though even with limited stops? I can see that split with Thamesmead to Bexleyheath being one route (basically like the 301 but with less stops) and extended to Woolwich/Charlton and the Bexleyheath to Bromley being the other express route. Guess the consultation will reveal all.

  • I’d love to see an express bus from Eltham station to Woolwich Elizabeth Line. The new map has a sad gap where Eltham is.


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