Transport for London has announced a new Superloop route running through east London - though not Havering - will be introduced by next spring.

The SL2 will run between Walthamstow Central and North Woolwich with new stops to better serve North Woolwich, Beckton and Gallions Reach.

The Superloop is part of the Mayor of London’s plans to improving the bus network in outer London.

The new express route, SL2, will also run via Ilford and Barking as proposed in the public consultation.

MORE NEWS: Horror 48 hours on east London road with two stabbings and hit and run

Additional stops will be reintroduced at the A1020 junction with Armada Way near Gallions Reach Shopping Centre in Beckton at existing bus laybys immediately south of the existing pedestrian/cycle crossing.

This is following feedback for better connections around North Woolwich, Beckton and Gallions Reach.

But Havering does not yet feature on the Superloop network, which has been criticised by some councillors.

The SL2 will run every 12 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 15 minutes on evenings and Sundays, running alongside part of the 123 bus route between Walthamstow and Ilford.

All routes together would add more than four million extra bus kilometres per year to the bus network, according to the TfL website.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "The Superloop will be a gamechanger for travel around outer London, delivering quicker links to transport hubs, town centres, schools and hospitals.

"I am delighted that following public consultation, TfL has today confirmed it will introduce two Superloop routes by spring 2024 - the SL2, which will connect Walthamstow Central and North Woolwich, and the SL3, which will connect Thamesmead and Bromley.

"It was great to see Londoners showing their support for these new routes through the consultation and sharing my excitement about the benefits these new services will bring by providing Londoners with more alternatives to private car use, and helping us to build a better, greener London for everyone."

Michael Roberts, chief executive of London TravelWatch, said: “We're pleased to see that more Superloop bus routes are being introduced.

“These orbital express services are vital, especially now that ULEZ has expanded to outer London boroughs such as Waltham Forest, Bromley and Bexley."