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West London Driving Test Centres: Your Essential Guide

West London Driving Test Centres

In the seven boroughs of West London, you’ll find everything from Wembley Stadium to Heathrow Airport. In this article, though, we’ve got a rather different set of destinations in mind. Yes, in this article, we’ll be providing a whistle-stop tour of the eight West London driving test centres. They may not be quite as picturesque as Kew Gardens, but they’re definitely worth a closer look for any learner serious about passing. Read on to learn more about your local centre!


Test Centres

Greenford (Horsenden Lane)
Greenford (Whitton Avenue East)
Hayes
Isleworth (Fleming Way)
Pinner
Southall
Uxbridge
Yeading

Greenford (Horsenden Lane)

Greenford (Horsenden Lane) street view image

GREENFORD (HORSENDEN LANE) FACT FILE
Address 96 Horsenden Lane North
Greenford
Greater London
UB6 7QH

Parking? No
Toilets? No
Disabled access? No information
2017/18 pass rate 38.9%

We begin our rundown of the West London driving test centres in Greenford. This area of Ealing is home to not one but two test centres, which are just 5 minutes apart. The first of these is the Horsenden Lane test centre, which sometimes bears the name Greenford (London). It’s also the more popular of the two, with over 7,000 tests taking place here in 2017/18.

During your test, your route is likely to include areas such as Sudbury, Alperton and Wembley, in addition to Greenford itself. Busy stretches which may crop up include Ealing Road and Ruislip Road, both of which are home to rows of shops. The Greenford Roundabout is likely to be a tricky area for some learners, too, adjoining onto the A40 trunk road.

If you’re looking to arrive at this test centre via public transport, you have a few options at your disposal. Those travelling by Tube should hop on the Piccadilly line and alight at Sudbury Hill. This provides convenient links to Harrow, as well as to more central areas such as Hammersmith, Kensington and Westminster. Alternatively, take the 487 to the nearby Ridding Lane bus stop.


Greenford (Whitton Avenue East)

Greenford (Whitton Avenue East) street view image

GREENFORD (WHITTON AVENUE EAST) FACT FILE
Address 8th Greenford Scout Group The Lodge
Whitton Avenue East
Greenford
Greater London
UB6 0JU

Parking? No
Toilets? No
Disabled access? No information
2017/18 pass rate 39.6%

We don’t have to travel far for our next West London driving test centre. In fact, Greenford Whitton Avenue East is right around the corner! This wasn’t an oversight on the part of the ever-fastidious DVSA, though. Instead, this test centre was set up to cope with high demand in the local area. Just one test centre wasn’t enough for Greenford—hence there are now two!

This test centre lies in a slightly more residential location than nearby Horsenden Lane, which sits amid a row of shops. However, as an overflow test centre, the remainder of your test route is likely to be much the same.

Given that the Whitton Avenue East test centre is so close to the Horsenden Lane centre, the same travel advice applies for both. So, hop on the 487 to Ridding Lane, or take the Piccadilly line to Sudbury Hill. These offer connections to both Harrow and Wembley, in neighbouring Brent. If travelling by Tube from central London, be sure to take the branch heading towards Uxbridge.


Hayes

Hayes street view image

HAYES FACT FILE
Address Fourways House
Rigby Lane
Swallowfield Way
Hayes
Greater London
UB3 1ET

Parking? Yes (limited)
Toilets? Yes: male and female
Disabled access? This test centre has stepped access
2017/18 pass rate 43.6%

Next up on our list is the first of four test centres in the London Borough of HillingdonHayes. The Hayes driving test centre, found in the middle of the Swallowfield Way industrial estate, played host to more than 7,000 driving tests in 2017/18. While its pass rate of 43.6% does lie slightly below the national average, it’s one of the best in West London. So, what can learners expect here?

Well, the areas that commonly appear on test routes here include Hayes, Harlington and West Drayton. Some test routes even incorporate the roads around nearby Heathrow Airport. If this is the case, you can certainly expect things to get busy! (Don’t worry, though—though learners can now drive on the motorway, the M4 won’t feature on your test.) Elsewhere, possible tricky spots include the Barra Hall Circus in Hayes, as well as a series of roundabouts on Dawley Road.

Arriving by public transport? You might expect limited options, given the test centre’s location in an industrial estate. In some senses, this is true—there’s no nearby Tube station, for example. Getting here by bus, though, is surprisingly easy. Simply get on the U5, which links the area to Uxbridge, and alight at Swallowfield Way.


Isleworth (Fleming Way)

Isleworth (Fleming Way) street view image

ISLEWORTH (FLEMING WAY) FACT FILE
Address The Wireless Factory
Fleming Way
Isleworth
Greater London
TW7 6DB

Parking? Yes
Toilets? No
Disabled access? This test centre has stepped access
2017/18 pass rate 42.4%

Of the eight test centres in West London, four are in Hillingdon, while three are in Ealing. The odd one out is Isleworth Fleming Way, which lies in Hounslow. In common with many test centres around the country, the Isleworth test centre is on a trading estate. Well over 12,000 tests took place here in 2017/18, making this one of the busiest centres in the area.

After heading off from the Fleming Way estate, your test route will take place in areas such as Twickenham, Hounslow, Brentford and Isleworth. Key A roads which may appear include the A314, A315, A316 and A318. If your route takes you south towards Twickenham, you’ll need to watch out for the tricky Apex Corner roundabout.

Though there are no Tube stations in the vicinity, those looking to arrive by rail are in luck, as the test centre isn’t too far from the Isleworth railway station. This provides regular links to parts of Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth, as well as extending further out towards Surrey and Berkshire. Alternatively, take the H20 from either Hounslow or Twickenham.


Pinner

Pinner street view image

PINNER FACT FILE
Address 221 Tolcarne Drive
Pinner
Greater London
HA5 2DZ

Parking? No
Toilets? Yes: male and female
Disabled access? Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability
2017/18 pass rate 43.1%

We head a little further north to our fifth West London driving test centre, Pinner. This test centre lies close to the boundary between Hillingdon and Harrow, making it a good choice for learners from across this section of north-west London. Pinner test centre is somewhat tucked away in the middle of a residential estate. So, be sure to familiarise yourself with the area in good time for your test!

Test routes here tend to focus on the Ruislip and Northwood areas, in addition to Pinner itself. This provides ample space for an examiner to throw in a mix of residential areas and busier streets. You’re almost certain to find yourself on the A404 at some point in your drive, as this long A road snakes its way around the local area.

If you’re planning on arriving by public transport, then Northwood Hills is likely to be your best bet. This lies on the Watford, Amersham and Chesham branches of the Metropolitan line. The closest bus stop is the charmingly named Cuckoo Hill, which passes Pinner while connecting Harrow to Northwood.


Southall

Southall street view image

SOUTHALL FACT FILE
Address 295 Allenby Road
Southall
Greater London
UB1 2HD

Parking? Yes
Toilets? No
Disabled access? No information
2017/18 pass rate 39.4%

Our next test centre is found a little further south—fittingly, because it’s in Southall! Lying towards the end of a long shopping parade on Allenby Road, over 7,000 tests took place at the Southall driving test centre in 2017/18. However, pass rates were relatively low, even in comparison to other West London driving test centres. That’s why it’s so crucial to learn what tripped up other learners, so that you can avoid making the same mistakes!

Firstly, be aware that this is a predominantly urban route. This means that you can expect heavy traffic throughout your drive. You’ll need to keep your wits about you for tricky sections such as the White Hart and Target Roundabouts, which may appear in quick succession. Busy A roads, such as the A40, will require keen speed awareness, while your hazard perception will be put to the test in residential areas such as Greenford and Yeading.

This test centre can be found about a mile to the north of the centre of Southall. As such, reaching it via rail or Tube is not generally a convenient option. The best choice if travelling by public transport, then, is to take the bus. Should you choose this option, the Ash Grove stop is the closest. Buses stopping here include the 95, which links Southall to Shepherd’s Bush, and the 105, which travels north-south between Greenford and Heathrow.


Uxbridge

Uxbridge street view image

UXBRIDGE FACT FILE
Address Unit 7
Trade City Business Park
off Cowley Mill Road
Uxbridge
Greater London
UB8 2DB

Parking? Yes
Toilets? Yes: male and female
Disabled access? No information
2017/18 pass rate 45.5%

Uxbridge saw over 5,500 tests take place in 2017/18. It also boasts an even more impressive statistic: at 45.5%, its pass rate was the highest in West London. Nonetheless, while this may be one of Greater London’s less urban test centres, candidates can still expect plenty of challenges along their route.

As one of the only places in the county that allows for a mix of urban, suburban and semi-rural areas, examiners here are able to create a very mixed test route to really put candidates through their paces. You may find yourself taking the A4007 into neighbouring Buckinghamshire, for example—or heading to the more urban surroundings of Uxbridge itself.

The nearest Tube station to the Uxbridge practical test centre is, unsurprisingly, Uxbridge, which lies at the end of the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines. However, this station is around a mile away from the test centre. If you’re after something a little closer, then the Cowley Mill Road bus stop is ideal. The two buses serving this stop, the U5 and 222, link Uxbridge to Hayes and Hounslow respectively.


Yeading

Yeading street view image

YEADING FACT FILE
Address Cygnet Way
Willow Tree Lane
Yeading
Greater London
UB4 9BS

Parking? Yes—arrive no more than 10 minutes before your appointment time
Toilets? Yes: male and female
Disabled access? No information
2017/18 pass rate 25.0%

We finish off our roundup of the West London driving test centres at Yeading. The Yeading test centre had by far the fewest tests of any featured in this guide. In fact, the figures were so low that the DVSA’s statistics don’t even provide an exact number! This is, however, good news when you consider the pass rate. At 25%, Yeading officially had the worst record in the country in 2017/18.

With so few tests here, an accurate record of the routes taken from Yeading test centre is difficult to come across. However, there are a few key features we can be fairly certain appear on tests here, such as the busy A312 and the Willow Tree Roundabout. In fact, the latter of these is just minutes from the test centre. Little wonder, then, that so many trip up early!

If you plan on arriving here by public transport, the bus is your best choice. The Jollys Lane stop is the closest, and offers bus services E6 and 696. Both of these link the test centre to Hayes; the E6 goes as far north as Greenford, while the 696 carries on to Ruislip. Not to worry, though—if you’ve booked with PassMeFast, your instructor will often be able to pick you up and drop you off at home!


That completes our roundup of the West London driving test centres. If you’re not in the local area, or simply want to see how things look in different parts of the country, check out some of our other Essential Guides in the list below.

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 the way to his next destination.

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