Welcome back to another instalment of our essential guide series! This week we’re exploring the theory test centres that serve the counties of Cheshire and Merseyside. The people of Cheshire would be forgiven for feeling a little short changed, as there is only one test centre in the area! Nevertheless, it does the job and you can find out all about it in the coming paragraphs.
One the other hand, if you’re a resident of Merseyside, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are 3 theory test centres in your county—take your pick from Liverpool, Southport or St Helens.
Before you do make any decisions, though, use the following guide to work out which test centre is your perfect fit! We cover directions, pass rates, local transport links and much more…
Cheshire Theory Test Centre
|CHESTER FACT FILE|
|Address||1 Corbridge House, The Square
|Waiting times (as of February 2019)||2-3 weeks|
|Nearest railway station||Chester|
|2017/18 pass rate||51.2%|
Cheshire’s one and only theory test centre is located in the charming historical city of Chester. The good news is that it’s easy to get to this centre even if you don’t come from the city itself. From Chester train station, it will only take you around 6 minutes to walk to your test. You also have the option of hopping on a bus, with Canal Bridge being the closest bus stop to the test centre.
If someone’s nice enough to give you a lift to your test, make their job easier by tapping CH1 3AN into a sat nav and following the directions given. If the person is planning to leave the car while you sit your theory test, let them know that there is no parking available outside the centre. There are, however, some parking options nearby. Check out the Parkopedia page for this location to discover your preferred car park. Heads up: the closest option is probably not the cheapest!
As you can see, the pass rate at Chester theory test centre is a good few points clear of the national average. While this is great news on the surface, don’t put too much stock in it. Such figures actually give little indication of how well you personally are likely to fare on test day. How that goes is up to you! Check out our guide to passing the theory test if you fancy some extra help with revision.
Merseyside Theory Test Centres
|LIVERPOOL FACT FILE|
|Address||Lower Ground Floor
5 Covent Garden
|Waiting times (as of February 2019)||7 weeks|
|Nearest railway station||Liverpool James Street|
|2017/18 pass rate||49.7%|
Heading north to Merseyside now, and first up on the list of test centres is Liverpool. Yes, this culture-rich city is home of The Beatles, the Royal Albert Dock and a pretty great theory test centre! To get an appointment here you may have to settle in for a bit of a wait, so we recommend booking well in advance. When test day does arrive, you can get to the centre by train, bus or car.
If rail is your choice of track, the closest station will be James Street, from which it is a simple 4-minute walk to the test centre. Those who prefer the bus should get off at either Fenwick Street or Rumford Street—both stops will leave you with less than 2 minutes of walking time.
Getting a lift to your test? Nice one! Enter L2 8TD into a sat nav and hit the road. As this is a major city, prepare yourself for heavy traffic and high parking prices. Oh yeah, did we mention that the test centre doesn’t provide parking? That might throw a bit of a spanner in the works. Luckily, there are plenty of parking options nearby. Head over to Parkopedia to find a list of car parks in this area.
When it comes to stats, the pass rates at this test centre sit just above the national average. We include this information because it’s they type of thing people want to know, but in all honesty the numbers don’t really mean much. Pass rates only become a concern when they’re alarmingly low. Success on the theory test is all down to how much revision time you put in—boring but true!
|SOUTHPORT FACT FILE|
|Waiting times (as of February 2019)||4-5 weeks|
|Nearest railway station||Southport|
|2017/18 pass rate||52.3%|
If you fancy a trip to the seaside along with your theory test, residents of Merseyside might want to head over to the Southport theory test centre. It’s also a great choice if stats are a big factor in your decision—of all the test centres in Cheshire and Merseyside, Southport has the highest pass rate! While we still think you shouldn’t give the numbers too much weight, it’s certainly not a bad thing to be above average.
Now, how about getting to your test? Well, you have the option of train, bus or car. Southport train station is only a 13-minute walk from the test centre, and certain bus stops are even closer. Both The Promenade and Houghton Street bus stops are only 5 minutes away.
If you’re heading there by car, get the driver to enter PR9 0ER into a sat nav and set off. One thing you should be aware of is that you may be directed to some residential houses instead of Gordon House. If this happens, re-enter the address as being on the B5245, rather than Leicester Street.
Once you arrive, you’ll find that there is no parking available at the centre itself. This isn’t as annoying as it sounds, though, because there are some cheap options very close by. We’d recommend Floral Hall car park, which is only a 10-minute walk away and charges a very reasonable £1.60 for 2 hours of parking. To see all available options, just head over to the Parkpoedia page for this location.
|ST HELENS FACT FILE|
|Address||2nd Floor, Century House
|Waiting times (as of February 2019)||4 weeks|
|Nearest railway station||St Helens Central|
|2017/18 pass rate||48.9%|
Last up we have the St Helens theory test centre. The pass rate, though lower than the others in this county, is still ever so slightly above average. On top of that, this location is in the middle of the town centre and thus fairly easy to access by public transport.
So, let’s talk about your travel options. The test centre is a very easy 4-minute walk from St Helens Central train station, and 2 minutes away from the Bickerstaffe Street bus stop. Not too bad, eh?
Alternatively, if you’re planning to arrive by car, it’s likely you’ll end up on the A38. As long as you’ve put WA10 1QU into a sat nav, you shouldn’t go far wrong. When it comes to parking up, you can’t leave your car outside of the test centre, but you can find some handy car parks nearby. Check out the Parkopedia page for this postcode to find out more. As always, we recommend that you do quite a bit of revision before heading into your theory test—it’s not as easy as many people think! Have a look at our list of theory test revision resources for a bit of extra help.
Beyond Cheshire and Merseyside…
For more theory test centre essential guides just like this, have a browse of some of the other counties that PassMeFast covers: