July 4, 2012 1.09 pm This story is over 117 months old

Lincoln DVLA branch to close in October

Closure: It has been announced that the DVLA on Firth Road will be closing in October 2012.

— Update on August 16: The office closing date will be October 31, 2012.

The Lincoln DVLA office on Firth Road will close, Roads Minister Mike Penning announced.

The Lincoln branch is among 39 regional offices set to close following a consultation that began last December.

It is hoped this would mean £26 million year on year savings.

Offices will close when alternative services will be available either through its contract for front office counter services, online or directly from Swansea.

DVLA said it will now work to help affected staff, around 16 in Lincoln, some of whom will be able to re-locate to the head office in Swansea.

Roads Minister, Mike Penning said: “The DVLA has been serving motorists for more than 40 years but times and customers’ needs change.

“These changes will ensure that the agency delivers a smarter service to bring real benefits for the motor industry and every motorist in this country.

“I understand that the phased closure of the regional offices will come as a disappointment to those directly affected.

“I would like to thank the staff in these offices who have played an important part in DVLA service delivery over the years.”

DVLA’s Chief Executive, Simon Tse said: “A top priority for us now is to support our staff who work in our regional offices.

“We will do everything we possibly can to provide help and guidance during what are clearly uncertain times for them.

“We are working closely with the Public and Commercial Services union and those members of staff directly affected to explore all avenues, including possible relocation to Swansea or redeployment within the Civil Service.”