HOLYHEAD Driving centre could be re-opened after an internet campaign gained widespread support.
The former Driving Standards Agency (DSA) centre on Kingsland Road closed its doors four years ago, but it is now under consideration as part of Government plans to re-open driving test centres across the country.
Mike Penning MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, said: “In March this year, I announced the first areas in which the DSA was adding test facilities and the DSA are now working on establishing testing in those locations.
“The future roll out will incorporate many areas where there is significant demand and I have asked the DSA to ensure that Holyhead is considered as part of this programme.”
This comes after a Facebook campaign, led by Holyhead-based driving instructor Alan Owen, attracted over 2800 followers and has also gained support from Albert Owen MP and Ieuan Wyn Jones AM.
Mr Owen, who runs Ceris School of Motoring, said that he had measured 31 miles as the distance from one learner drivers’ home to Bangor recently, and believes that costs are too expensive now for many.
Alan Owen said: “The main reason why I started it was for the cost for Holyhead people to travel to Bangor. On the day of a test, it can take three hours for a student, which can be very expensive. It’s cheaper for one examiner to come to Holyhead rather than six students going to Bangor.
“It’s almost like Holyhead’s closing down.”
Albert Owen MP said: “I have been working with local businesses, instructors and local politicians on this matter and thank all for their positive input. A local satellite office at Holyhead to compliment Bangor is a practical solution to the current situation.”