Driving tests to return to Trowbridge

Driving tests are to return to Trowbridge, the government has confirmed.

Instructors had campaigned for the reopening of the Trowbridge test centre after it was closed by the Driving Standards Agency in 2008.

It meant learner drivers in the area had to travel to Chippenham to take their tests.

Driving instructor Gary Fossey said he was "delighted" with the news.

He had been part of a Drive Slow protest through Trowbridge and Westbury on 24 June.

The protest led to a meeting with Wiltshire Conservative MP, Dr Andrew Murrison, who then contacted Transport Minister Mike Penning and pressed for an early decision on the return of driving tests in Trowbridge.

Mr Fossey said: "I'm delighted the government has acknowledged the decision to close Trowbridge driving test centre was ill-advised."

The decision to return driving tests to Trowbridge is part of a trial scheme to provide examinations in areas that do not currently have a test centre.

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