DVSA has announced the Bournemouth test centre is to permanently close.
The Gillam Road centre has been closed since February due to a flooding problem but driving instructors in the area believed it would reopen. However this is not the case and learner drivers will have to travel to Poole, Southampton, Salisbury or Dorchester to take their tests.
DVSA said: “Following a detailed independent survey, we’ve taken the difficult decision to not re-open the test centre as a result of the prohibitive repair costs.
“Candidates should continue to book tests at Poole driving test centre, where they’ll be better tested on all parts of the new test, helping make Dorset roads even safer.
“To meet demand for testing, we’ll be refurbishing and extending the test centre building in Poole.”
DVSA plans to hold a meeting for local driving instructors on Wednesday August 28 at Kinson Community Centre to allow them to ask questions about the relocation.
Local instructors are unhappy about the closure and have started a petition which can be found here: ipetitions.com/petition/bournemouth-test-centre