FOI request detail

Superloop calculations

Request ID: FOI-0905-2324
Date published: 20 July 2023

You asked

Dear TfL, In the press release for the Superloop, the Mayor and TfL said: "The Superloop will add over 4 million extra km of bus service in outer London, helping you connect with family and friends quicker, and making London greener". This same figure has been repeated over a dozen times by either TfL or the Mayor. Given that this equates to travel to the moon and back nine-fold, could you please disclose the calculations behind this figure? I would expect this disclosure irrespective of whether the calculation has changed.

We answered

TfL Ref: 0905-2324

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 23 June 2023 asking for information about the Superloop.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.  I can confirm that we hold some of the information you require. You asked: In the press release for the Superloop, the Mayor and TfL said: "The Superloop will add over 4 million extra km of bus service in outer London, helping you connect with family and friends quicker, and making London greener". This same figure has been repeated over a dozen times by either TfL or the Mayor.  Given that this equates to travel to the moon and back nine-fold, could you please disclose the calculations behind this figure? I would expect this disclosure irrespective of whether the calculation has changed.

The information you asked for is available on our website using the following link to our consultation page: https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/superloop. Please see specifically the following link under the FAQs section which gives the calculations broken down by bus route.: https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/superloop/widgets/65670/faqs#19264

In accordance with section 21 of the FOI Act, we are not obliged to supply you with a copy of the requested information as it is already accessible to you elsewhere.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

Yours sincerely


Sara Thomas
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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