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Learning to Drive in Peterborough
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.
Peterborough’ Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is higher than the national average sitting at 52.2%.
The test centres in Peterborough are Peterborough which has a pass rate of 52.7%, Kettering at 40.8%, and Grantham Somerby with 54.6%.
The nearest additional driving test centres for Peterborough are in Wellingbrook at 56.7%, Cambridge Brookmount Court at 49.0%, Boston at 54.4%, and Melton Mowbray which has a higher pass rate of 62.1%.
Peterborough’s Practical Driving Test Centres
- Boston, (Peterborough), (wheelchair accessible), Redstone Industrial Estate, Unit 2, Plot 3, Boston PE21 8AL
- Cambridge Brookmount Court, (Peterborough), Driving Test Centre Cambridge Brookmount Court, Units A & B Brookmount Court, Kirkwood Road, Cambridge CB4 2QH
- Cambridge Hardwick, (Peterborough), 25 St Neots Road, Hardwick, Cambridge CB23 7QH
- Grantham Somerby, (Peterborough), Spitalgae Airfiels, Blue Harbour, Grantham NG31 7TX
- Kettering, (Peterborough), Orion Way, Kettering Business Park, Kettering NN15 6NL
- Melton Mowbray, (Peterborough), Melton Mowbray Driving Test Centre, Phoenix House Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray LE13 0UL
- Peterborough, (Peterborough), (wheelchair accessible), Second Drove, Fengate, Peterborough PE1 5XA
- Wellingborough, (Peterborough), Glamis Hall, Goldsmith Road, Wellingborough NN8 3RU
Peterborough’s Theory Test Centres
- Corby, (Peterborough), Unit 2, Oakley Vale District Centre, Butland Road, Corby NN18 8QT
- Huntingdon, (Peterborough), Hartford Village Hall, 16 Main Street, Hartford, Huntingdon PE29 1YS
- Peterborough, (Peterborough), Second Floor, Churchgate, New R|oad Peterborough PE1 1TT
- Rushden, (Peterborough), Park Road Baptist Church, Park Road, Rushden NN10 0RG
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Peterborough – did you know?
- Peterborough used to be part of Northamptonshire, but county lines changed in 1974 and it became part of Cambridgeshire.
- Peterborough had its very own “Strongman” in the 1940s. Walter Cornelius arrived in Peterborough after rowing 400 miles across the Baltic Ocean. He entertained the people of Peterborough with stunts such as pushing a double decker bus for a half mile and attempting to fly over the River Nene in a homemade birdman costume.
- Peterborough is home to the world’s first mini-roundabout. The tiny traffic controlling junction was designed by Frank Blackmore and placed near London Road in 1975.
- Peterborough in Canada was the first town in the world to introduce electric lighting along their streets.
- A famous donkey, Jimmy, is buried in Peterborough’s Central Park. The donkey served on the battlefield in World War II helping to supply the British army with ammunitions and carry wounded soldiers from the Somme.
- Two Queens have been buried at Peterborough Cathedral. Catherine of Aragon is buried there, but prior to that, Mary Queen of Scots was buried there in 1857 after being executed on orders from Queen Elizabeth. Mary Queen of Scots was later exhumed and re-buried at Westminster Abbey.
- Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands opened Queensgate in Peterborough in 1982, giving the centre her royal approval on a visit to the UK.
- Sir Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls Royce cars with Charles Rolls, was born near Peterborough in Lawton. The Sir Henry Royce pub takes its name from the iconic man.
- Scenes from the James Bond Movie, Golden Eye, were filmed in Peterborough at the Nene Valley Railway.
- Peterborough is named after Saint Peter and the motto on the city’s coat of arms reflects the connection.