I am concerned about the uncertainty over the future of the Chester Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) test centre in Huntingdon. On the 5 February 2016 the last test will take place due to the lease running out on the premises.
Flintshire has no DVSA centre, after the closure of the of the Mold centre in 2010.
I recently asked a Parliamentary Question to the Department of Transport on how many people from Flintshire use the Chester DVSA centre. Over the last five years 15,279 Flintshire residents have used this vital service in Chester. By far in a way the largest number of people outside of Cheshire.
The uncertainty of the future DVSA centre in Chester means those booking their test will now need to book driving lessons for over two hours to accommodate both the travelling to the test centre and the test itself, an expense people will struggle to afford.
Only five years ago Mold driving test centre was closed, resulting in Flintshire losing its last remaining centre. That resulted in thousands of constituents having to travel to Chester or Wrexham.
We have had to rely on the Chester centre and the uncertainty of its future is deeply concerning. Potentially putting further pressure on people wanting to learn to drive in Flintshire.
I have pressured the DSLA to detail when and where the new centre will open and what action will be taken in the meantime. Flintshire is being forgotten and its residents are facing the burden of further costs for the lack of support for motorists.