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Recruitment agency boss backs call to fully dual A47

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The boss of a Lynn-based recruitment agency has backed the campaign to fully dual the A47, saying the upgrade would offer a big boost to the West Norfolk jobs market.

Gary Whittred, director of Jark King’s Lynn, has said that for too long businesses and workers in West Norfolk have had to cope with the limitations of the road which are holding the borough’s economy back.

Gary, who runs the recruitment agency based in Blackfriars Street, which covers a range of sectors including construction, healthcare and industrial, has said the A47 Alliance’s Just Dual It! campaign is vital to fostering further confidence and investment in the local economy of West Norfolk.

Gary said: “We pride ourselves in Norfolk for being self-sufficient, but the reality is that unless we get these vital infrastructure improvements, our future competitiveness will suffer.

“West Norfolk is a great place to work and do business, but if we can get the A47 dualled, it will make the world of difference.

“Journey times will reduce, business confidence will improve because of the prospects for economic growth, and suddenly the area as a whole starts looking more attractive to inward investment.

“The whole area would get a massive lift.”

Delays are costing businesses time and money, and the A47’s “appalling safety record” are putting people off using the road, he added.

Martin Wilby, chairman of the A47 Alliance, said: “When it comes to successfully lobbying government to take action on the A47, the voice of our business community will be vital.

“So much of what influences whether a road is upgraded is the potential for unlocking growth and stimulating the economy.

“Jark King’s Lynn is one of many successful businesses who rely on the A47, and for whom dualling would offer a significant shot in the arm.”

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