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Outrage as Havering ‘omitted’ from national bus network development

Havering superloop network

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, announced national plans for a new bus network that will vastly improve public transportation links in outer London, but Havering is not included despite boroughs like Uxbridge being included.

Titled the ‘Superloop network’, these buses will circle the capital and be made possible due to the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expansion.

This bus development targets regions where public transportation links are considered sub-par when compared to other London regions. For instance, in East London new services will connect Walthamstow to the Royal Docks via Ilford.

Keith Prince, Havering and Redbridge Conservative London Assembly Member, called the Superloop “a lick of paint for existing buses and a vague promise of a few more routes in a few years time”. 

He said: “If Sadiq Khan is intent on forcing his £12.50 ULEZ tax on our residents, he needs to go back to the drawing board and deliver accessible public transport for outer London.”

Havering omitted from Superloop network

Keith Darvill, Labour group leader on Havering Council, underlined the failure to consider how inadequate the bus services between the north and south of Havering currently are.

Cllr Darvill said the Superloop “doesn’t appear to benefit Havering” and added: “At the moment if you are living in the north of the borough and need to work in the south or vice versa, it could take you up to an hour or an hour and a half from A to B and the part of the lobbying we have been doing is to bridge that gap and we are not enthusiastic about the current offer.”

Conservative councillor David Taylor added: “Havering suffers from some of the worst public transport connections in London. If the mayor wants us to ditch our cars and move to public transport then he needs to open his wallet and invest into Havering.”

Havering residents have vented their anger on social media.

Mr Khan called the Superloop “the game-changing new network of express buses that will add over four million additional kilometres to our bus network in outer London”.

“These new routes will make it much easier for Londoners to get around the capital, and help build a better, greener London for everyone.”

His spokesperson said: “Havering residents will be able to travel by bus and connect with the services on the Superloop, using the Hopper Fare.

“In addition, Transport for London (TfL) is working to deliver an increase of more than one million extra kilometres to outer London’s bus network and earlier this month launched proposals on improvements to buses in Havering.”

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