A report by economic consultants shows there is a strong
business and economic case for building rolling stock at
Hillside workshops in Dunedin, says Phil Goff. Why, then,
won't the Government consider it?
It is very clear that the Government is little interested in
promoting local prospects for a tender to build electric
railcars for Auckland, despite assertions from a combination
of political parties, trade unions and other interested
groups that it should.
Chairman of the group wanting KiwiRail's Hillside and Woburn
workshops to build new trains for Auckland, John Christie,
has defended the value of a Berl Economics report released by
the group on Sunday and dismissed within hours by Transport
Minister Steven Joyce.
Kiwirail has all but ruled out its own workshops, including
Dunedin's Hillside workshops, being given the chance to "have
a crack" at tendering to build $375 million worth of
passenger trains for Auckland.