Motorists in the East Meath region will have a shorter wait time to do their driving tests as a new and enlarged test centre is set to open in Drogheda.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) says it has identified a “suitable and viable location” for a new driving test centre in the town.

The RSA says it follows a 10-month search for a new premises after safety concerns were raised about the interim test centre at Marian Park.

That centre opened in early 2021 in an effort to clear the long waiting lists for a test in Co. Louth and is due to shut in February 2023

The RSA says a suitable site has now been identified and the responsibility for the opening of the new centre rests with its facilities management team.

Local Labour TD Ged Nash says this progress is welcome and will come as a relief to the people of Drogheda who are waiting to sit their driving test.