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Closure of Beeston Test Centre – Updated Nov 2016

The test centre at Beeston is now closed. After tests started and finished from a temporary location at The Village Hotel in Chilwell, a new permanent centre opened on 2nd November 2016. The new location is on the Eldon Road Industrial Estate (Unit 24) – one traffic light junction away from the traffic light junction that leads to the Village Hotel.

Chilwell is a few miles west of the old test centre at Beeston so the test area is quite similar. However, I’ve had a few tests from Chilwell already and the early indications are that test routes no longer go as far as Crown Island (Wollaton) but, instead, now include parts of Long Eaton and Sandiacre (including the large roundabout next to the M1/J25).  DVSA do not publish test routes so the only way for anyone to be sure of the new routes is to sit in the back of a car during tests, to build up knowledge over a period of months, as well as talking to learners who took their test (although, in my experience, most learners can’t remember where they drove on their test!). In my view, the fact that the test routes for the new test centre are not yet known is a positive thing as it means that learners may experience junctions and roads that they are less familiar on their test and highlights that, to be ready to take a test, learners need to be able to drive anywhere (rather than just trying to remember specific test routes).

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