Blackpool Driving Test Centre to close in March leaving learner drivers with long journey to new site
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The test centre is leaving its current premises, at Warbreck House on Warbreck Hill Road, Blackpool, on March 30 after the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) was served notice by the landlord.
Although the DVSA says it is looking for a permanent site in Blackpool to replace it, the switch to the Kirkham HGV Test Centre has proved controversial.
Driving instructor Ron Strangwick, of the Towerdrive School of Motoring in Hawes Side, Blackpool, said: “What a disgrace, this means of course additional time and money for the driving pupils living in Blackpool and Fleetwood areas .
"It will necessitate a two hour round trip just to learn the area and a three hour trip on their test day.
“This is yet another example of the ubiquitous disdain from the powers that be who don't seem to care one iota for the general public.
“It was bad enough moving the theory test centre to Preston, now it would seem they are turning the screw even tighter .
“Well done the uncaring DVSA for making it even harder and more expensive for young people to pass their driving test and get on the road.”
However, the DVSA said it was doing all it could to rectify the situation, which was out of its control, and the new measure was temporary.
Peter Hearn, DVSA’s Director of Operations said: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone through a lifetime of safe driving.
“DVSA was served notice by the landlord, and as a result the driving test centre will close in March.
“Driving tests will temporarily move to Kirkham after March, but DVSA is committed to finding a new permanent site for a driving test centre in Blackpool."
The DVSA is not the only organisation leaving Warbreck House sooner than expected.
Around 3,000 staff at DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) based there will have to relocate to other offices two years earlier than expected after a change of plan by the landlord.