The Watnall Driving Test Centre became a full time test centre in 2014 (it was also used as a temporary test centre in 2013) and provides a far more convenient venue for people living in parts of NG5, NG6, NG8 and NG16 to take their practical test (especially now that the test centre at Beeston has been relocated to Chilwell).
Since 2013 , I have taken several people to test at Watnall and have developed a knowledge of the test area over the years. The area around Watnall has a more rural feel to it than the other Nottingham based test centres. The test centre has recently relocated its car parking spaces and now has 18 bays (8 on the left and 10 on the right), but all the bays are on the narrow side (e.g. at Chilwell most bays are at least 10% wider than at Watnall). The waiting room is a small room, in a small building across from the car park (with access to toilets). Leaving the test centre, you can either turn left (towards Kimberley, Nuthall, including Nuthall roundabout) or right (towards Hucknall or Eastwood). The test routes I have experienced from Watnall mainly involved driving to Hucknall, Eastwood, Bulwell, Strelley and the outskirts of Wollaton and included the areas of Kimberley and Nuthall, involving the Nuthall Roundabout. This roundabout looks very complex but is traffic light controlled from all but one direction and is remarkably easy to travel around with a bit of practice (providing you understand the lane disciplines required from each direction) and is far easier that some of the roundabouts experienced on some of the routes from the test centre at Beeston (now Chilwell).
If you are not familiar with the Watnall Test Centre area and have a test booked there, you might want to consider booking a lesson or two with me to have a drive around some of the test area. As Watnall, like most test centres, has about 20 different test routes, it would be impossible to get to travel each route in one or two sessions but I can show you some of the test area and several key junctions in one or two sessions (2 hour sessions being recommended) so that you have a better understanding of the area before the day of your test.
Please be aware that I do not provide my car for use at a test for people who have already booked a test but if you are interested in this or any of my other services, or just want to discuss your plans, please complete the contact form, call me today on 0798 011 1234 (message me by text or through WhatsApp) or send me a message from my Facebook Business Page.