Located in Triton House on St Andrews Street North, Bury St Edmunds test centre is situated right in the town centre—meaning local learners don’t have to go far at all! In fact, you’ve probably gone past Triton House dozens of times in the past without realising that it also functions as the local test centre! Don’t let that trick you into underestimating Bury St Edmunds though! This small test centre has defeated plenty of learners over the years. If you want to give yourself a good chance of passing, your best bet is to familiarise yourself with the test centre properly. You can do this by reading our essential test centre guide below. We’ve included directions, pass rates, test routes and much more!
Park in the public car park opposite the fire station. Designated spaces are at the bottom of the car park down to the left
No toilets are available
Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability
As you’d probably expect, getting to Bury St Edmunds from the town centre is a complete piece of cake. All you need to do is get onto Parkway and then turn onto St Andrew’s Street North. Don’t panic too much if you’re not centrally located. There are plenty of local A roads like the A124, A143 and A134, which will make it an easy enough journey. To avoid any wrong turns or mishaps, however, we’d recommend using these directions with a sat nav until you feel more familiar with the local area.
No matter which test centre you head to for your practical, the format will largely remain the same. The only real difference is the exact road types and features used in the test route. When it comes to Bury St Edmunds, right from the get go you’re dealing with busy roads and a lot of foot and road traffic. Of course, this is pretty standard in a town centre and, if you’ve been taking your lessons here, you’ll be more than used to it by the time your test rolls on by. With local hospitals like West Suffolk and BMI St Edmunds nearby, you’ll need to keep an eye out for approaching emergency vehicles. If that wasn’t enough, you’ll also need to take note of any changes to the speed limit as you move from the town centre towards A roads like the A14 and A134—the examiner will have an eye on your speedometer, so they’ll know if you go over!
Things will gradually quieten down on your route as you’re guided towards residential roads, like the ones between Westley Estate and Fornham All Saints. This will be the staging area for your demonstration of one of the driving test manoeuvres, so make sure you’ve mastered them all beforehand!
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If you’ve been trying, and failing, to find your Bury St Edmunds test route, it’s because the DVSA decided to stop publishing its routes all the way back in 2010. They did this to stop learners from putting all of their efforts into memorising routes, instead of trying to sharpen their skills enough so that they can take to any road confidently. That’s not to say that you have to go in completely blind, of course. You can still get an idea of what to expect by watching videos of Bury St Edmunds test routes on YouTube, or by downloading our sample Bury St Edmunds driving test routes.
Got a fondness for statistics? What a coincidence—so do we! That’s why we like to stay on top of the DVSA’s latest batch of statistics! The moment we get our hands on them, we start to analyse patterns and new trends. Next, we head to the PassMeFast blog to share them with learner drivers. From driving test pass rates by county to the average number of attempts it takes to pass, we explore it all!
Not got the time to take a deep dive into the stats? (Unlucky you!) We’ll keep it short and sweet then. If you’re a learner in the UK, you have a 45.8% chance of passing your test. As for those heading to Bury St Edmunds test centre, feast your eyes on pass rates from the last five years in the table below!
With pass rates resting mostly below the national average in the last five years, we can see why you might not be all that impressed with Bury St Edmunds. It’s a good thing then, that these pass rates don’t really mean anything at all. That is, it’s your performance that is being monitored in the driving test, not the test centre’s pass rates. As long as you put in the work, you’ll eventually get the result that you want.
If you’ve had a bad experience at Bury St Edmunds test centre, or you’ve noticed that waiting times are pretty long there, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are plenty of other test centres to head to. The closest test centres in your local area include Ipswich and Cambridge.
So your learning journey has come to an end. Bet you thought you’d never make it, huh? After spending 40 to 50 hours in a car with your instructor, crying over proper steering and driving around cyclists, you’re one step closer to reaching the finish line! All that’s standing between you and your full licence is a 40 minute driving test. That’s not so bad, is it?
Unless you fancy missing out on the opportunity to get your licence, you’ll want to double check that you have your provisional with you. Your examiner will want to check it before the test begins. Timing-wise, you’ll need to get to Bury St Edmunds 10 minutes before your test is supposed to start. This will give you enough time to park up and meet your examiner.
Your driving test will then follow this straightforward format:
Your test woes will finally be at an end once the test route guides you back to Bury St Edmunds test centre. Your examiner will ask you to park up in a bay of your choosing and turn off the ignition. You will then be asked to sit tight while they finish totting up any faults you may have accumulated. They will then give you your result, along with a breakdown of your faults on either a physical feedback sheet, or by email via the driving test app.
No-one likes to think about the prospect of failure. Unfortunately, as you’ve probably gathered from the pass rates section, it does happen with the driving test. So, what are you supposed to do if it happens to you? It’s pretty simple. You just try again! Of course, if you want to make sure your next attempt is your last, you’ll want to take a closer look at your feedback sheet. Then, if you need more practice, you’ll want to take a refresher course with a local ADI.
Once you’re almost ready to try again, get PassMeFast to book you a fast-track practical test—this will help you avoid long driving test waiting times. Ready to get things started? Get booked in today over the phone on 0333 123 4949, or contact us online.
Tired of taking traditional, hourly driving lessons that don’t seem to be getting you any closer to becoming test-ready? Why not try out an intensive or semi-intensive course with PassMeFast instead? Rather than spending just an hour in the car, you’ll work on your driving skills in 2 to 5 hour blocks. This will help you build up your muscle memory and confidence quickly, without cutting any corners. And the best part? Our courses are completely flexible. You can work with your PassMeFast instructor to fit your lessons around your schedule, not the other way around! We’ll even match you up with your own Booking Agent, so you don’t have to worry about all of the admin!
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