Lancashire Driving Test Centres: Your Essential Guide

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Here at PassMeFast, we kicked off 2018 with a bang by launching in Lancashire. With courses stretching across the length and breadth of this historic county, we’ve already helped plenty of learners here to ditch the L plates and get their full UK driving licence.

If you’ve still got your provisional, though, you may be looking into taking your test in Lancashire. There are six different Lancashire driving test centres for you to choose between, evenly distributed across the county.

Here at PassMeFast, we’re providing a guide to the Lancashire driving test centres as part of our Essential Guide series of articles. Read on for all the information you need about the six test centres here!


Test Centres

Blackburn with Darwen
Blackpool
Chorley
Heysham
Nelson
Preston

Blackburn with Darwen

Blackburn with Darwen street view image

BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN FACT FILE
Address Blackburn Interchange
Commercial Road
Off Junction 4 M65
Darwen
Lancashire
BB3 0DB

Parking? Yes
Toilets? Yes: male, female and disabled
Disabled access? You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair
2016/17 pass rate 41.8%

The first of the six Lancashire driving test centres we’re exploring is Blackburn with Darwen. This test centre’s name gives us a useful clue as to its exact location, roughly equidistant from the two town centres of Blackburn and Darwen. It’s also just off the M65—useful, now that learners can drive on motorways. (Be sure to check out what our instructors think of motorway lessons for learners, too!)

Of course, motorway driving won’t feature on your driving test. Instead, you’ll be driving along a wide range of urban road types, with plenty of nearby A roads. Meanwhile, you’re also likely to head into quieter residential areas. This is where your speed awareness will be put to the test, and is also likely to be the venue for your manoeuvre.

With a pass rate of 41.8%, Blackburn with Darwen has the unfortunate distinction of possessing Lancashire’s lowest pass rate. Learners here need not fear, though! Stats don’t dictate your chances of passing, after all—and with great quality tuition, that pink licence could soon be yours. Why not take a look at the history of the UK licence—or, in case the worst happens, what to do if you’ve lost your provisional?


Blackpool

Blackpool street view image

BLACKPOOL FACT FILE
Address Government Buildings
Warbreck Hill Road
Blackpool
Lancashire
FY2 0XE

Parking? Yes
Toilets? Yes: male, female and disabled
Disabled access? You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair
2016/17 pass rate 47.1%

Lancashire’s largest town is our next destination, and it’s a popular one: the seaside town of Blackpool. This test centre is a little way from the bright lights of Blackpool’s main promenade, situated in the Layton area of town. Fittingly, the closest train station is Layton, which is just 12 minutes away on foot.

Given its location, the Blackpool test centre is the natural choice for most learners across the Fylde peninsula. Those who do choose to take their test here will find a pass rate of 47.1%. If you’re not familiar with pass rates, this might sound low—but, in fact, this is actually identical to the national average. Be sure to check out our guide to driving test pass rates by area for the full details!

Be aware that all driving tests now feature sat navs. Don’t worry: you won’t need to bring your own! The driving test examiner will provide a TomTom Start 52 model for you to use. The technology isn’t infallible, though. Remember that some details—particularly speed limits—may be out of date. Keep an eye out for the signs and use your best judgement!


Chorley

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CHORLEY FACT FILE
Address Rossall Road
Chorley
Lancashire
PR6 0BT

Parking? Yes
Toilets? Yes: male and female
Disabled access? You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair
2016/17 pass rate 53.4%

The southernmost of the six Lancashire driving test centres can be found in Chorley. This test centre is relatively central within the town of Chorley, being a twelve-minute walk from the town’s train station. As such, urban driving will be par for the course on any test at the Chorley driving test centre, which isn’t too far from the major A6 road.

Nonetheless, you won’t have to drive too far outside of the town to find more rural areas. Because of this, you’ll need to know the major differences between urban and rural driving. After all, you don’t want to be taken by surprise when you encounter a single track road with passing places—or by the sudden appearance of a horse!

As a pro tip, be sure to brush up on your show me, tell me questions, too. These only form a minor part of the test, but, as one of them is asked before you even start driving, acing this means that you’ll start out your test on the right foot. Don’t sweat it if you get it wrong, though—it’s only a minor fault! For more details, read up on our guide to driving test faults.


Heysham

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HEYSHAM FACT FILE
Address Lancaster Training Services
5 Penrod Way
Heysham
Lancashire
LA3 2UZ

Parking? N/A
Toilets? Yes: male and female
Disabled access? You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair
2016/17 pass rate 50.7%

We move from the south of Lancashire to the north as we head to Heysham. The Heysham driving test centre sits close to Morecambe Bay, and is the only test centre within the vast city of Lancaster. Because of this, Heysham is the logical choice for learners across northern Lancashire looking to take their test.

Though the test centre sits in one of Lancashire’s quieter areas, it is close to two A roads: the A589 and A683, both of which may feature on your test. Indeed, a major roundabout between these two A roads may prove one of the trickier elements of driving here. Heysham’s residential streets, meanwhile, will see you dealing with slower speeds, and needing to display a high level of hazard perception.

Though not top of the class when it comes to the Lancashire driving test centres, Heysham boasts a pass rate which beats the national average. We can help you join Heysham’s happy passers—check out our 40 hour course, for example, for confident beginner learners!


Nelson

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NELSON FACT FILE
Address Ground Floor Units 103, 104, 105
Pendle Business Centre
Commercial Road
Nelson
Lancashire
BB9 9BT

Parking? Yes
Toilets? Yes: male and disabled
Disabled access? N/A
2016/17 pass rate 53.7%

Next up, we arrive at the test centre with the highest pass rate in all of Lancashire: Nelson. The Nelson driving test centre is the easternmost in Lancashire, and is a short walk from the town’s train station. Its location makes it the obvious choice for not only Nelson, but also the nearby town of Burnley and Colne.

The busy A682 road, which runs through the centre of Nelson and features several roundabouts, will probably feature on your test. You might also practice on the M65 which passes down the western edge of the town—but remember that this won’t feature on your test, so don’t stress too much about motorway driving!

Learning here means you get a really varied experience of driving. That’s because Nelson balances busier urban areas with a proximity to the countryside. Plus, with Nelson having such a high pass rate, you’ve got a great chance of joining the subjects of our May 2018 pass photos as a member of the PassMeFast alumni!


Preston

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PRESTON FACT FILE
Address Chain Caul Road
Preston
Lancashire
PR2 2PD

Parking? Yes
Toilets? Yes: male, female and disabled
Disabled access? You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair
2016/17 pass rate 52.5%

Finally, we arrive at one of the UK’s newest cities as we head to Preston. This test centre is actually located in Ashton-on-Ribble, on the western edge of the City of Preston. Heading here by train may not, therefore, be a great option, as it takes three quarters of an hour to get to the Preston train station. Thankfully, though, PassMeFast offers home and workplace pickups—no need to worry about public transport!

Routes from this test centre tend to focus on western and northern areas of Preston, including areas close to the city’s UCLan campus. (If you do happen to be studying, then be sure to take advantage of PassMeFast’s student discount!) It’s also worth noting that, though Preston may be a city, it doesn’t suffer from the low pass rates that plague test centres in nearby Liverpool and Manchester. In fact, Preston has a very respectable pass rate of 52.5%.

Remember that you have the option to take your instructor on your driving test. We’d recommend doing so—they’re there to celebrate with you if you pass, and to provide useful advice for you if you fail. You can also meet our ADI Ann, one of our friendly fleet of instructors who covers Preston.


No matter which of the Lancashire driving test centres you choose, PassMeFast can speed up your journey to getting on the road. With fast-track practical tests and nine different intensive courses, it takes just weeks to pass with us—not months. Call us on 0333 123 4949 to speak to the team, or book your course online to get things started today.

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By Andy Boardman

Andy fell in love with driving while road tripping around Iceland. He'll provide you with plenty of useful motoring advice, helping you to get the most out of every trip. When he's not writing here, you're most likely to find Andy on his way to the next destination.