Hello there, PassMeFast blog readers! Today we’re taking a trip to the south-east of England to explore the theory test centres located in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Our intensive driving courses have been available in these areas since February and April 2020, respectively. So, if you’re a budding learner driver in one of these areas, you can start planning the ideal route to earning a licence!
One of the first things you’ll want to get sorted is your theory test. In order to book an appointment, you need to know the location in which you want to sit the test. We’re about to make that decision a whole lot easier with our essential guide. Check out all the vital information you need to know about the various theory test centres in these counties, below!
Bedfordshire Theory Test Centres
|LUTON FACT FILE|
|Address||70-78 Collingdon Street
|Waiting times (as of September 2019)||3-4 weeks|
|Nearest railway station||Luton|
|2019/20 pass rate||42.2%|
Let us start in the county of Bedfordshire, whose single theory test centre is located in the town of Luton. A quick browse of the fact file might not fill you with confidence, as the pass rate is a good few points below the national average. Remember, though, that at the end of the day your ability to pass is based on how prepared you are for the test. It will be the same no matter where in the country you take it!
With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s discuss how you can get there. This is very straightforward to do if you’re using public transport. Get a train to Luton train station and you’ll only have to be on your feet for around 8 minutes to arrive at the test centre. Alternatively, you can cut that walk time in half by getting a bus to the Galaxy Centre (G1) bus stop. Start walking in the direction of the centre and in 4 minutes—hey presto!—you’ll be there.
Those taking a taxi or enjoying a lift from a friend or family member should note down the test centre postcode, which is LU1 1RX. A sat nav or maps app on your phone should be able to do the rest! As per usual, the theory test centre does NOT provide parking. The good news is that there are plenty of options in the surrounding area. We recommend heading to the Crawley Road car park (LU1 1HT). It’s a 3-minute journey from the test centre and charges £1.70 for 2 hours of parking. Not bad at all!
Buckinghamshire Theory Test Centres
|AYLESBURY FACT FILE|
|Address||Unit 2a, Ground Floor Midshires Business Park
|Waiting times (as of September 2019)||3-4 weeks|
|Nearest railway station||Aylesbury|
|2019/20 pass rate||50.5%|
The first of Buckinghamshire’s two theory test centres opened in 2016 and is located in the county town of Aylesbury. You might have spotted from the address that this test centre is in a business park, which means it isn’t situated very centrally. That being said, you can still access it fairly easily by public transport. Get the bus to Brimmer’s Way bus stop and you’ll have a simple 5-minute walk ahead of you to reach your test appointment. Then again, if you don’t mind spending time on your feet, you also have the option of getting a train to Aylesbury train station. From here it’ll take you a little over half an hour to stroll to the test centre.
Planning to drive to your theory test appointment instead? In that case, we have good news and bad news. Let’s start with the positive: as long as you know that the postcode you’re heading for is HP19 8HL and you have the aid of a sat nav, arriving at your destination should be no problem. The downside is that you won’t have anywhere to park nearby. Sure, you might see a load of parking spaces surrounding the centre in the picture above, but these are reserved for the people that work in the building. The nearest available car park is Friarscroft car park (HP20 2SE), which is a fairly lengthy 37-minute walk away. It charges £3 for 2 hours of parking.
The pass rate for this test centre is higher than the national average. While this is certainly promising, we urge you not to give these stats much weight! They have little to no impact on individual learners. The thing that makes a real difference to the outcome of your test is how much revision you do beforehand. The wait time for tests here is 3-4 weeks, which gives you plenty of time to fit some studying in! Check out our top revision resources article for some inspiration.
|MILTON KEYNES FACT FILE|
249 Midsummer Boulevard
|Waiting times (as of September 2019)||3 weeks|
|Nearest railway station||Milton Keynes|
|2019/20 pass rate||48.2%|
The only other theory test centre in Buckinghamshire can be found in Milton Keynes. The current pass rate is just above the national average. As we mention above, these stats don’t mean much for learners. This test centre has the benefit of being located in a large town, which means you can expect to have access to plenty of local amenities if you pay a visit here for you theory test. Wait time for tests is also a fairly healthy 3 weeks.
So, how how exactly do you get yourself there for a visit? Well, we recommend travelling by rail. From Milton Keynes Central train station it only takes 10 minutes to walk to the test centre. Convenient! If a 2-minute walk sounds even better, get a bus instead and hop off at either the Santander House or Central Business Exchange stop.
If public transport ain’t your thing and someone’s happy to give you a lift to your test then go ahead! Aim for the postcode MK9 1YA, which is just off the A5. When you arrive at the theory test centre you’ll notice that there are no parking spaces provided for visitors. Thankfully, there’s no need to worry for long about this! Just a 3-minute walk away you can find the B3 (EMR Zone) council-run car park (MK9 1SH). Not only is it close by, but it charges just £1 for 2 hours of parking, which is a bargain, if you ask us!
Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire theory test centres
And there you have it! A quick, straightforward guide to the Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire theory test centres. If we’ve peaked your interest and you fancy a more in-depth look at all of the test centres listed above, check out our complete guides over on the PassMeFast site. We have one for Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Then again, if you don’t have your heart set on either of these counties, you might toy with the idea of casting the net a little wider. Check out even more essential guides to theory test centres across the country:
- Greater London Theory Test Centres: Your Essential Guide
- Essex Theory Test Centres: Your Essential Guide
- Berkshire and Hertfordshire Theory Test Centres: Your Essential guide
- East and West Sussex Theory Test Centres: Your Essential Guide
- Hampshire Theory Test Centres: Your Essential Guide
- Surrey and Kent Theory Test Centres: Your Essential Guide
- West Midlands Theory Test Centres: Your Essential Guide
- Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Theory Test Centres: Your Essential Guide