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Learning to Drive in Wigan
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.
Wigan’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is higher than the national average sitting at 53.4%.
The test centres in Wigan are Atherton which has a pass rate of 53.4%, St Helens at 40.6%, and Chorley at 59.6%
The nearest additional driving test centres for Wigan are in Bolton with 60.1% and Warrington which has a lower pass rate of 55.2%.
Wigan Practical Driving Test Centres
- Atherton, (Wigan), Gibfield Park Avenue, Atherton, Manchester, M46 0SU
- Bolton, (Wigan), Warrington Borough Council Orford Day Centre, Festival Avenue, Warrington, WA2 9EP
- Chorley, (Wigan), Rossall Road, Chorley, PR6 0BT
- St Helens, (Wigan), 1 Navigation Road, off Pocket Nook Street, St Helens, Liverpool, WA9 1NS
- Warrington, (Wigan), Warrington Borough Council Orford Day Centre, Festival Avenue, Warrington, WA2 9EP
Wigan Theory Test Centres
- Watford, (Wigan), Unit 3, Orient Centre, Greycaine Road, Watford, WD24 7GP
- Uxbridge, (Wigan), Second Floor, Union House, 2 Vine Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1QE
- North Finchley, (Wigan), Ground Floor, Tally Ho Corner, 711 High Road, North Finchley, N12 0BP
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Wigan – did you know?
- Made famous by George Orwell’s book “The Road to Wigan Pier,” Wigan is synonymous with industrial England. The pier itself was a coal and wood loading jetty on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
- Wigan hosts an annual World Pie Eating Championship, where competitors must eat a meat pie as quickly as possible without using their hands. The competition has run for 26 years and in 2023, the championship was won by 49-year-old Barry Rigby.
- The National Health Service (NHS) was launched at the Parkside Colliery in Wigan by the Welsh Health Minister Aneurin Bevan in 1948.
- Wigan was once home to the famous Wigan Casino nightclub, known for its Northern Soul all-nighters. It attracted enthusiasts from all over the UK.
- Wigan is twinned with the French town of Angers. The twinning relationship began in 1988.
- Opened in 1923, the Wigan Hippodrome was once a thriving cinema and theatre but has been closed since 1982. There have been ongoing efforts to restore it to its former glory.
- In celebration of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, Wigan unveiled the world’s largest rugby ball, which was equivalent to the size of an eight-story building.
- Despite its significance, Wigan is technically a town within the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester. It holds the distinction of being the smallest town in the county.
- Wigan is believed to have several haunted locations, including the Haigh Hall and the Anvil Pub.