Yorkeys Crossing receives new upgrade near Port Augusta

UPGRADE: Yorkeys Crossing will be upgraded with a decoupling facility and a livestock transfer tower, the state government has announced.
UPGRADE: Yorkeys Crossing will be upgraded with a decoupling facility and a livestock transfer tower, the state government has announced.

Triple road trains and other combinations up to 53.5 metres long, will soon have access to a decoupling facility, including a livestock transfer tower, on Yorkeys Crossing.

The intersection at Yorkeys Crossing Road and the Stuart Highway, north of Port Augusta, will be upgraded to allow access to the decoupling yard which is part of the nearby IOR Petroleum facility.

Announced by state Minister for Agriculture Leon Bignell and Minister for Regional Development, the improvements will improve cross-loading of livestock and build efficiencies in agricultural transport.

Mr Bignell said the works will deliver significant benefits to the agricultural industry and industry peak bodies in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

“The upgrades and access improvements are about increasing productivity by building efficiencies in transportation, saving the agricultural industry time and money,” he said.

“The new infrastructure will also reduce the risk of injury to workers and livestock.”

Once complete, the upgrade will provide transport operators a facility to reconfigure triple road train combinations to semi-trailers or B doubles – which are approved to travel on roads south of Port Augusta.

The access upgrade is another initiative of the state government’s 90 Day Project, Improving Road Transport for the Agriculture Industry which has already seen $56 million in industry benefits flow to the agricultural and transport sectors in South Australia.

State Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the announcement is ‘long overdue but welcome’.

“That is a very positive development, in fact I’ve been calling for livestock loading facilities at Yorkey’s Crossing for a very long time,” he said.

“I welcome the announcement, it’s long overdue but a welcome announcement and the next thing the government needs to do is concentrate on upgrading Yorkeys Crossing so that benefits can flow to local people as well as the large transport sector.”