Press release

Bury driving test centre to re-open

The practical driving test centre in Bury, Lancashire, is due to re-open on 30 March following repairs and improvement works.

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The refurbished test centre will provide candidates with better facilities and a more pleasant environment, as well as being more energy efficient.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) test centre was forced to close during the severe weather conditions of winter 2010 when water from a burst pipe caused extensive damage. As the test centre was due for refurbishment, DSA took the opportunity to improve facilities at the Bury test centre at the same time as carrying out repairs to the building.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:

It is excellent news that the driving test centre in Bury is re-opening. This is an important service for the local community and I am pleased that candidates in Bury will now be able to take their test at a convenient location that provides an excellent level of service.

DSA’s Regional Operations Manager, Mark Winn, said:

We have carried out works to minimise the risk of repeat flooding and redecorated the test centre, as well as improving heating to the customer waiting area. The test centre now provides a much more pleasant environment for both staff and customers.

Improvements to the building have also made the test centre more energy efficient with better insulation, double glazing and motion sensitive lighting.

Driving tests in Bury can be booked using the official online booking service on GOV.UK

Published 14 March 2012