Racing series Formula E announced last week that they plan to hold a race next year in and around the Excel Centre in the Royal Docks. Races will run on July 25 and 26 2020.
The series runs using electric cars and is seen as a green version of Formula 1. Many races on the calendar are held on street tracks in cities and London’s race was previously held at Battersea Park.
The track will wind its way between Custom House and Prince Regent stations. That’s less than 10 minutes on the DLR from Woolwich Arsenal. If Crossrail is up and running by then it’s less than 10 minutes from Abbey Wood – which opens up a quick and easy interchange from many in Kent (not that Woolwich and the DLR is particularly onerous).
It’s events like this that the DLR (and then Crossrail) make so much easier for many in south east London and Kent.
I remember trudging to the area before the DLR extension to Woolwich Arsenal opened. It’s was pretty tedious and meant travelling in to London then back out. Sometimes its easy to forget how lengthy getting to parts of east London from the south east before the extension opened in 2009.
It’ll be the same for many other parts of London when Crossrail finally opens.