West Yorkshire Driving Test Centres: Your Essential Guide

Huddersfield test centre

If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you may have already noticed our ultimate guide to driving test centres in Greater Manchester, PassMeFast’s home county. However, our coverage area is much broader than that, taking in areas such as Yorkshire, Cheshire and Merseyside! This means that PassMeFast’s range of intensive driving courses are now available to millions of people!

That’s why we’ve decided to compile a series to provide information on all the test centres we cover, county by county. In this article, we’ll provide handy facts about every test centre in West Yorkshire, including parking, accessibility, and even a link to their location on Google Maps. We’ll also outline what you can expect at each test centre, and give a breakdown of pass rates by area. So, if you’re looking into taking your test in West Yorkshire, read on!


Test Centres

Bradford (Heaton)
Bradford (Thornbury)
Halifax
Heckmondwike
Horsforth
Huddersfield
Leeds
Pontefract
Steeton
Wakefield

Bradford (Heaton)

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Address 15 Farfield Street
Heaton
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD9 5AS

Parking? Yes
Toilets? Yes: male and female
Disabled access? Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability
2016/17 pass rate 39.9%

To the north-west of Bradford city centre lies the Heaton driving test centre. Its location makes it a great choice not only for learners from Bradford, but also from the nearby towns of Bingley and Shipley. As an alternate test centre, it’s also suitable for learners from areas such as Pudsey and Keighley. If arriving by train, your closest options are Frizinghall and Bradford Forster Square.

This test centre is found in a suburban area, and, as such, you’re likely to spend much of your practical test dealing with the hazards that occur in built up residential areas. However, given the location of the Heaton test centre, it’s quite possible that your test could include rural roads, such as Shay Lane, and A roads like the A6177.


Bradford (Thornbury)

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Address The Courtyard
Midpoint, Thornbury
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD3 7AY

Parking? Yes
Toilets? Yes: male and female
Disabled access? N/A
2016/17 pass rate 43.7%

On the opposite side of Bradford to the Heaton test centre is the Thornbury driving test centre. Its location makes it a good choice for learners from the western suburbs of Leeds (including Pudsey) as well as for learners in central and eastern Bradford. The closest train station can be found in New Pudsey, though it is also easy to reach from Bradford Interchange by public transport.

Thornbury test centre is found near to the Odeon Cinema and as surrounding Gallagher Leisure Park. As such, learners are likely to face busy conditions from the get-go, with routes generally starting on Dick Lane. Your test, however, is likely to balance busy urban conditions on roads such as the A647 against quieter areas such as Woodhall Lane. You’ll therefore need to be competent at dealing with changing conditions when taking your test at Thornbury.


Halifax

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Address 11 Cross Street West
Pellon
Halifax
West Yorkshire
HX2 0HA

Parking? Yes
Toilets? Yes: male, female and disabled
Disabled access? Yes
2016/17 pass rate 42.3%

Halifax’s test centre is located in the Pellon area of the town, to the west of the town centre. It serves the community of Halifax, as well as some of the towns and villages surrounding it—notably, Brighouse, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge. It may also be a suitable option for learners living in the south of Bradford. Train stations nearby include Halifax and Sowerby Bridge.

As the Halifax driving test centre lies on the western outskirts of the town, test-takers can expect a mix of conditions. The centre’s location means that test routes can easily incorporate more rural roads, such as Roils Head Road and Heath Hill Road. However, the Pellon residential area is also sure to feature, and you may also find yourself taking on busier conditions in the town centre.


Heckmondwike

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Address Tower Buildings
High Street
Heckmondwike
West Yorkshire
WF16 0AS

Parking? N/A
Toilets? Yes: male only
Disabled access? Yes
2016/17 pass rate 39.8%

You’ll find the Heckmondwike driving test centre on High Street, just a stone’s throw away from the centre of town. If you’re learning to drive in the Kirklees area, therefore, then Heckmondwike is an ideal choice. This includes towns such as Heckmondwike, Dewsbury, Batley and Cleckheaton. Its central location in between several major towns and cities in West Yorkshire—including Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield—means that it’s also a suitable alternate test centre for many across the county. There is no train station in Heckmondwike itself; the best options for those arriving by rail are Dewsbury and Batley.

Test routes from the Heckmondwike test centre are likely to include residential areas in the town of Heckmondwike itself. Meanwhile, A roads are sure to feature, as Heckmondwike test centre is situated on the A638. It isn’t all about town driving, though: your test may also involve more rural roads. Make sure, therefore, to prepare for all the eventualities!


Horsforth

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Address Room 013 Woodside House
261 Low Lane
Horsforth
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS18 5NY

Parking? Yes
Toilets? Yes: male, female and disabled
Disabled access? Yes
2016/17 pass rate 46.3%

One of two test centres in the city of Leeds, Horsforth driving test centre is in the north west of the city. Its location is ideal for any learners in the north of Leeds, including areas such as Headingley and Otley. Learners from Pudsey and eastern areas of Bradford may also wish to consider Horsforth as an alternate test centre. If you need to arrive by rail, then the closest train station is Horsforth. However, our grade A and B instructors will typically pick you up and drop you off at home or work. One less thing on your mind!

Though located in a city, those taking their test at Horsforth will find that it isn’t all about urban driving. More rural areas, such as Scotland Lane, are on many test routes. You’ll also need to display good hazard perception when driving around the residential areas close to the test centre itself. Other challenging areas will include the A658 (Harrogate Road), while the area close to Leeds Bradford Airport may also prove busy.


Huddersfield

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Address Waverley House
Waverley Road
Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
HD1 5NA

Parking? Yes
Toilets? No
Disabled access? Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability
2016/17 pass rate 48.5%

In contrast to some other test centres in West Yorkshire, the Huddersfield test centre is very centrally located. It can be found just a stone’s throw from Huddersfield town centre, making it ideal for learners from across the town. The centre is also a great option for learners from Brighouse, Brackenhall and Elland. Meanwhile, depending on availability, learners from nearby towns such as Halifax and Dewsbury may also consider travelling here. Given the centre’s central location, it is very easy to reach by rail; Huddersfield train station is just a 10 minute walk away.

The setting for Huddersfield driving test centre is undeniably urban. The centre itself is on Waverley Road, just around the corner from the busy A629 (New North Road) which leads towards the town centre. Two other A roads—the A62 and A640—are in close proximity to Huddersfield test centre, and busy conditions are the norm. Truly rural conditions are less likely to feature here, but drivers will still need to be ready for the hazards of residential driving.


Leeds

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Address Hillcrest House
386 Harehills Lane
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS9 6NF

Parking? N/A
Toilets? Yes: male, female and disabled
Disabled access? Yes
2016/17 pass rate 33.9%

The Leeds test centre (also known as Harehills driving test centre) can be found in the east of the city of Leeds. It has a more central location than Leeds’ other practical test centre, Horsforth, though the nearest train stations, Leeds and Cross Gates, are both over 2 miles away. Its location makes it particularly convenient for learners from central and eastern Leeds, as well as nearby towns such as Kippax, Garforth and Oulton.

The urban setting for the Leeds driving test centre means that your test is sure to include A roads, such as the A64 near to the test centre. You’ll also have to navigate the various types of junctions and roundabouts which are ever-present in a large city. Meanwhile, the presence of pedestrians, cyclists and other road users is sure to provide a challenging environment for learners taking their test here.

It’s true that candidates in Leeds have struggled in the past. In fact, as our guide to the best and worst test centres in the country in 2017/18 showed, Leeds had the worst pass rate in northern England. But don’t give up hope! Make sure you display top-notch observation and reaction skills at all times to give yourself a fighting chance in this famously tough test centre.


Pontefract

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Address Baghill Station
Station Lane
Pontefract
West Yorkshire
WF8 1RB

Parking? Yes
Toilets? Yes: male, female and disabled
Disabled access? Yes
2016/17 pass rate 43.0%

Pontefract driving test centre can be found close to the town centre of Pontefract. Learners from across the local area may wish to consider this test centre; it’s perfect for those from Pontefract, Castleton, Normanton, Featherstone and Knottingley. Though our instructors offer home and workplace pickups, the test centre is incredibly easy to reach by rail. In fact, the test centre is based at Pontefract Baghill station—it could hardly be easier! If taking a different line, both Monkhill and Tanshelf centres are close by, too.

Though Pontefract isn’t one of West Yorkshire’s largest towns, tests here can have some of the busiest road conditions. That’s because the town is located near to the backbone A1 road, which may feature on some test routes. Drivers here can, nonetheless, expect varied road features, with rural roads sitting alongside town driving.


Steeton

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Address Station Road
Steeton
Keighley
West Yorkshire
BD20 6RW

Parking? Not applicable
Toilets? Yes: male and female
Disabled access? Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability
2016/17 pass rate 53.0%

The northernmost of all West Yorkshire’s test centres is Steeton, which lies to the north-west of the town of Keighley. Learners from Steeton, Keighley, and even some north-western suburbs of Bradford (including Shipley and Bingley) may wish to consider this test centre—especially since it boasts the highest pass rate in the county. Given its location close to the county’s border with North Yorkshire, however, it also functions as a useful alternate test centre for the Skipton area. The closest train station is Steeton & Silsden.

The A629, which links Keighley to Skipton, is close to the test centre, and is likely to feature on the test. However, tests here certainly won’t focus exclusively on urban driving. Steeton driving test centre has one of the most rural locations in the largely urban county of West Yorkshire, and you can reasonably bet that country roads will crop up on your test.


Wakefield

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Address Mothers Way
Silkwood Park
Ossett
West Yorkshire
WF5 9TR

Parking? Yes
Toilets? Yes: male, female and disabled
Disabled access? Yes
2016/17 pass rate 46.6%

Despite its name, the Wakefield driving test centre is actually found slightly to the west of Wakefield itself. In fact, the test centre’s address is actually in the town of Ossett. Learners taking their test here, however, need not fear: it is easily accessible from both towns, as well as from the nearby town of Dewsbury. If arriving at the test centre by train, the closest station is Wakefield Westgate.

Wakefield driving test centre is very close to the M1—but don’t worry, motorway driving won’t feature on your test! Nearby A roads, however, will. The A638 is particularly likely to come up on your test route due to its proximity to the test centre. As is often the case, the test centre is close to both rural and urban areas, meaning that anyone taking their test here will be put through their paces with a real variety of road conditions and features.


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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.