Formula E have announced they will race at the Excel Centre in July 2021 after the inaugural event in 2020 was cancelled.
The race is set to go ahead on 24-25 July on a track layout both within and outside the exhibition centre.
The Excel centre and surrounding areas continue to grow. The centre is currently consulting on expanding to the east, and to the west work has commenced on nearly 800 new homes.
Expansion would bring an increase of 20 per cent in exhibition space. Improvements from Prince Regent DLR station to the site are included in plans.
The site is currently 26 minutes from Woolwich Arsenal via DLR. When Crossrail opens it will be 4 minutes from Woolwich and 7 minutes from Abbey Wood. While Crossrail will not be open in time for this year’s race, Formula E do plan to hold events for a number of years. If they stay at the Excel, Crossrail should be open for following events.
The opening of the Elizabeth Line will result in yet another major centre of employment and leisure brought much closer to various parts of London. Places like Erith, for example, then become around 15 minutes away from the Excel Centre via a Southeastern train to Abbey Wood then changing to Crossrail services running every five minutes.