Tyne & Wear

Durham driving theory test centre to close

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is closing the theory test centre in Durham because it is no longer "cost effective".

The centre, which operates from Abbeywoods Business Park in Pity Me, will merge with the centre in Newcastle from 31 August.

The office has the capacity to deliver more than 20,000 tests each year, but last year carried out just over 9,000.

Practical tests will remain unaffected, as they are entirely separate.

Rosemary Thew, DSA chief executive, said: "DSA relies for income on the fees we receive from our customers so we have a duty to spend that money responsibly while maintaining a good level of service.

"As the theory test centres in Durham and Newcastle both have spare capacity it is not cost effective to keep both centres running."

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