Demolition derby at centre

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A landmark on the

roadmap for many

drivers in Angus over a

certain age was this week


Bulldozers got to work on the former driving test centre in Lochlands Drive, Arbroath, which for around four decades was either a place of great joy or despair for learner drivers.

The site, previously operated by the Driving Standards Agency (now the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency), had been out of use since the summer of 2012 when the Arbroath centre, along with the one in Forfar, was closed by the UK Government.

The move triggered a public outcry at the time, with Angus driving instructors leading the way in calling for the government to rethink the plan.

Since then, tests have been administered from the car parks of Asda supermarkets in both towns.

Last year, 355 people sat their driving test in Arbroath, with a pass rate of just over 62 per cent.

In 2011, while the Lochlands Drive centre still operated, there was a 57.7 per cent pass rate according to the website www.drivingtesttips, and in 2010 this rate was understood to be 61.1 per cent.

The 52.85 metre squared site was home to a single portacabin-style structure dating from the 1970s. Prior to the centre being built opposite MacDonald Park, drivers had undertaken the tests from a centre at the foot of Mount Zion Brae.

Did you pass your test at the old Lochlands Drive centre?

If you have any memories then let us know.