‘Missing link’ completed to boost freight productivity

Freight productivity on Yorke Peninsula is set to be boosted following the completion of the ‘missing link’ on the Yorke and Copper Coast Highways. 

The completion of upgrade works for the ‘missing link’ will enable 36.5 metre road train vehicles to travel from Ardrossan to Port Wakefield giving heavy freight vehicle access to the Yorke Highway. 

“The completion of these works will make freight movements on the Yorke Peninsula more efficient and productive which is great news for the local economy and community more broadly,” Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said. 

“These upgrade works to the Yorke and Copper Coast Highways effectively removes the ‘missing link’ in the restricted access vehicle network. 

“The State Liberal Government will continue to invest in our regional road network to improve safety and efficiency for motorists, freight and agriculture vehicles. 

“We’ve committed to a Royalties for Regions program to quarantine 30 per cent of mining royalties to invest in regional roads and other infrastructure over the next decade.

“This will ensure we have a dedicated and long term funding stream for investment in our regional road network.”

Local Member for Narungga Fraser Ellis welcomed the announcement saying it would improve productivity for farmers on the Yorke Peninsula.

“Farmers on the Yorke Peninsula will be delighted that 36.5 metre road trains can now travel down the Yorke Highway, making freight more efficient and lowering costs for our farmers,” said Member for Narungga Fraser Ellis. 

“Through the State Liberal Government’s Royalties for Regions program I’m confident that we will be able to better maintain and upgrade the road network on Yorke Peninsula which is vital for locals, industry and tourism.” 

The upgrade was completed as part of the $40 million Upper Yorke Peninsula Regional Road Network Upgrade works package.

The ‘missing link’ was identified as a freight productivity constraint in the ‘A Modern Transport System for Agriculture: A New Partnership Approach’ report – a partnership between DPTI, PIRSA and PPSA for planning transport systems that meet the existing and future need of agriculture.