New life breathed into London GP

Friday 11-July-2014 14:30

The possibility of a London Grand Prix taking place in the future has received another boost thanks to a new piece of legislation.

Plans to host a London GP on a street circuit, taking in sights like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, was first launched with much fanfare by Bernie Ecclestone in 2012.

Although talk about it has decreased in the past year, it was back in the spotlight again on Friday after Prime Minister David Cameron changed a law that will allow councils to host motor racing on public roads.

The new legislation means councils can close highways in order to host events, opening up opportunity for London to host a grand prix.

The Telegraph reports that "the measure also clears the way for the hosting of Formula E, the all-electric car championship, in Britain, with a race planned for next summer in Battersea Park".

Cameron announced the change in law when he opened a new motorsports engineering facility in his Oxfordshire constituency, where he met the Williams Formula One team.

"I can announce today that we are going to enable more road races for GB motor sport," he said. "We think this will be really useful to British motor sport: more races, more events, more money coming into the country and more success for this extraordinary industry."

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