BLUEBIRD will face less red tape if it comes back to Coniston under new byelaws.

The Lake District National Park Authority has now taken over the role of granting licences to speed over 10mph on the water.

The ruling clears the way for the legendary Bluebird K7 craft to sail again on Coniston, with rules allowing provision for potential test runs.

The hydroplane made famous by Britain's Donald Campbell, set seven world water speed records between 1955 and 1967 on Coniston.

The craft, which is in the hands of Bill Smith and his restoration team, currently sits in a lock up in the North East. Previous attempts by Mr Smith to motor again on Coniston met disapproval from a number of governing bodies.

The LDNPA hopes that a change in the bylaws for Coniston will make it easier for all speeding records to be attempted.

The new byelaws imposed by the LDNPA came into effect on January 16 following a period of consultation and approval in 2020.