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Learning to Drive in Blackburn

The national average driving lessons required to pass the practical driving test is 47 hours with a driving instructor and an additional 22 hours of private practice with a family or friend are recommended.

Blackburn’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is below the national average, sitting at 42.0%.

The test centres in Blackburn are Blackburn with Darwen which has a pass rate of 42.0%, Chorley with 59.6%, Preston with 60.2%, and Nelson with 55.4%

The nearest additional driving test centres for Blackburn are in Bolton with a pass rate of 60.1%, Bury with 38.%, Atherton at 53.4%, and Rochdale which has a lower pass rate of 40.9%.

Blackburn Preston Practical Driving Test Centres

  • Atherton, (Blackburn), (wheelchair accessible), Gibfield Park Avenue, Atherton, Manchester M46 0SU
  • Blackburn with Darwen, (Blackburn), (wheelchair accessible), Blackburn Interchange, Commercial Road, Off Junction 4 M65, Blackburn Darwen BB3 0DB
  • Bolton, (Blackburn), (wheelchair accessible), Weston Street, Bolton, BL3 2AW
  • Chadderton, (Blackburn), 9 Broadgate, Broadway Business Park, Chadderton, Oldham OL9 9XA
  • Chorley, (Blackburn), (wheelchair accessible), Rossall Road, Chorley PR6 0BT
  • Nelson, (Blackburn), Ground Floor Units 103, 104, 105, Pendle Business Centre, Comercial Road, Nelson BB9 9BT
  • Preston, (Blackburn), Chain Caul Road, Preston PR2 2PD
  • Rochdale, (Blackburn), Room G10, Globe House Business, Moss Bridge Road, Rochdale OL16 5EB

Preston Theory Test Centres

  • Bolton, (Blackburn), Suite 2A, Second Floor, Knowsley House, 4 – 6 Knowsley Street, Bolton, BL1 2AH
  • Burnley, (Blackburn), Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth Room, Burnley, Pendle & Rossendale Council Voluntary Services, The CVS Centre, 62 – 64 Yorkshire Street, Burnley BB11 3BT
  • Preston, (Blackburn), Sixth Floor, Marshall House, Ring Way, Preston PR1 2QD

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Blackburn – did you know?

  1. Darwen Street in Blackburn was turned into a conservation area in 1994 as it is the longest history of human settlement. A roman road ran through the area from Manchester to Ribchester.
  2. At the back of Railway Road underneath the pavement is an ancient holy spring. All Hallows Spring was the site f a Roman Temple and a place for pilgrimage and healing. A plaque was laid there in 1955 to mark the spot.
  3. Blackburn was the first town to insist on mass fingerprinting in an effort to track down the murderer of June Anne Devaney in 1948. The three year old girl was abducted from her hospital cot and murdered in the garden of the Royal Blackburn Hospital. The fingerprinting exercise led to the 22 year old ex-serviceman and he was hanged for murder later that same year.
  4. In 1826, Blackburn was the epicentre of the Luddite protests and riots against the power loom machinery that had displaced them from their employment. 212 power looms were destroyed in the riots and the military were called in to stop the rioting.
  5. Witton Country Park in Blackburn is 480 acres and one of the largest open spaces in urban boundaries in the country. The park includes a full-sized athletics track that has been used by British Olympic medallists for training.
  6. Blackburn’s name comes from the combination of the Blakewater River and the Old English word for stream, burn.
  7. A tiny dog from Blackburn hold’s the world record for the smallest canine in existence. The tiny Yorkshire Terrier weighs only 4 ounces.