Salford (Fire Station)

Looking to take your practical test in Salford? Salford test centre is temporarily closed at the moment, but don’t worry—there are other nearby centres to head to. If you’re not familiar with the centre yet, you’ll be pleased to hear we’ve got the full lowdown here. From contact details to vital information about the Salford area to test routes—we’ve got you fully covered!


Liverpool Street Ordsall Salford Greater Manchester M5 4LT

Tests Offered at Salford

  • Car


Park on Blucher Street alongside the Fire Station facing towards Liverpool Street


There are no customer toilet facilities at this centre

Disabled Access


Phone Number

0777 5822158

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

It really couldn’t be any easier to get to Salford test centre. Just use these directions and you’ll be just fine. Whether Salford test centre is up and running the time you take your test there, we’d still recommend driving around the area if that’s where you live. This means you’ll be less likely to be surprised by challenging road features. Parking is available nearby the centre; however, there are no toilet facilities. Arrangements will also have to be made if you’re in a wheelchair.

A Bit More About Salford

Salford test centre is located in the Salford area, and is the go-to centre for learners in Eccles, Salford, Swinton, Walkden and Irlam. If you end up going to Salford test centre—once the temporary closure has been lifted—you should make sure to familiarise yourself with the surrounding area. Take note of fast-paced A routes like the A6 and A5063. Not sure what else there is to know? We’ve compiled a few vital resources below for learners in Salford...

Salford Test Route

You won’t be able to find Salford’s test route, as the DVSA stopped publishing routes to prevent learners from practicing before exams. But don’t worry; most test routes incorporate the same kinds of difficult areas that examiners like to test candidates on. You’ll be expected, for example, to have an extensive knowledge of lane discipline and MSM routines to tackle fast-paced and residential areas.

Need to brush up on pedestrian crossings? We’ve got just the guide for you, covering different types of pedestrian crossings you might come across during your test.

Salford Test Pass Rates

If you’re a fan of statistics, you might find it interesting to know that the national average pass rate currently stands at 47%. Want something more specific? That’s fine—we’ve compiled driving test pass rates by area. If that’s not specific enough for you, we’ve got Salford’s pass rates from the last five years below...

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
41.9% 37.8% 35.4% 34.2% 39.2%

While you might not feel too inspired by Salford test centre’s pass rates, you should remember that it’s not all down to the specific numbers. As long as you pay attention to your instructor and try as hard as you can, it will pay off. Wondering if the 2017 test changes will affect the likelihood of you passing? Take a look at our look at changes to pass rates with the new driving test.

What If I Can't Go To Salford?

Whether it’s due to the temporary closure or just personal preference, Salford test centre isn’t the only centre available in Greater Manchester. If you don’t want to go to Salford, the nearest alternate test centre is Cheetham Hill.

What To Expect On The Day

Once you’ve completed your lessons or course, you’ll finally be set to take your practical test. Relax—you should be more than prepared for whatever comes up on your test. All that’s left for you to do on the day is:

  • Get there 10 minutes early
  • Bring your provisional licence

You can expect to be at Salford test centre for approximately 40 minutes. You’ll begin by completing a quick eyesight test which is closely followed by the “show me, tell me” section. Here, you’ll answer two maintenance questions, e.g., “Show me how you would check that the horn is working”. One question will be asked before you start driving and the other will be during. You’ll then move onto the independent driving section which will last 20 minutes or so. The examiner will typically ask you to follow directions from a sat nav. Prepare yourself for the possibility of following traffic signs—1 in 5 candidates will be asked. You should expect to have to demonstrate at least one of the following manoeuvres:

  • Parallel parking
  • Bay parking
  • Pulling up on the right

Upon getting back to Salford test centre, you’ll be told your results. If you pass, you get your test pass certificate and have your new licence sent off for. If you fail, the examiner will walk you through your mistakes—vital in helping you improve in time for your next test.

But What If I Fail?

Many students fail their practical test—it’s very common. The important thing to remember is that it’s only a temporary setback. When you fail, your examiner will give you feedback—this will help you when you retake your test.

PassMeFast can book you in for another practical test as soon as two weeks later—once the 10 working day limit is over. And, if you need it, we even offer refresher courses to learners looking for a confidence boost. Interested? Give us a ring on 0333 123 4949 or contact us via our website to get booked in today.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Unlike other traditional driving schools, PassMeFast offers intensive courses where you can learn to drive in a matter of days. This can be more beneficial than lessons that are spread out over month, as you’re constantly building up your knowledge instead of refreshing what you’ve covered in previous lessons. Don’t bother with waiting times—PassMeFast’s fast-track practical tests allow you to take your tests months ahead of DVSA-waiting times.

Book a course with PassMeFast and you could join the ranks of our favourite pass photos! Take a look at our course prices and call us on 0333 123 4949 to get started. Alternatively, book a course online yourself.