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Good news for learners taking driving lessons in Ilford, Goodmayes and all other areas in Redbridge, the DVSA have submitted a planning application to open a brand new driving test centre on Chadwell Heath Lane.

New Redbridge Test Centre To Open In Chadwell Heath

Due to the high demand for driving tests in the area, the DVSA have submitted a proposal to the Redbridge council to convert the former Chadwell Heath industrial bakery site to a brand new driving test centre.

In the past, learners who were taking their lessons in Redbridge would have had to travel to further areas such as Barking or Hornchurch to get to their nearest test centre. With the population of London continuing to grow each year, learners were forced to wait months on end to sit their exam.

Although the number of examiners at the centre is yet to be announced, each examiner will take up to seven test a day, each lasting for 40 minutes with an estimated 1,200 to be taken each year. Once open, the Redbridge Test Centre is expected to open on weekdays from 7am to 6pm with the possibility of holding tests on weekends and in the evenings during peak test periods.

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Virtually all of the feedback and comments regarding the new test centre has been positive, and it is looking almost certain that the plans will go ahead. However, unfortunately, you cannot keep every happy, and a few local residents have been complaining about the increased number of learners who will be on the roads.

As for our opinion at driveJohnson’s, we are always thrilled to hear that our pupils will be given more opportunities to get on the roads, so we took some time to speak to one our instructors in the areas about what they think about the plans!
“I used to be a driving instructor in Basildon, which meant my pupils had several different test centres local to them to chose from, so when I moved over to Redbridge I really saw the difference. Over the past year or so, I’ve seen the waiting time for test get longer and longer and its a shame for my pupils to miss out on passing quicking simply because they cannot get a test booked in. I have high hopes for the new test centre and am excited to see the plans unfold!”