###ODT Online Tue, 4 May 2010
KiwiRail says own workshops not up to tender
By Mark Price
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. Chief executive Jim Quinn yesterday said the final decision would be made in the next few days, but KiwiRail was “unlikely to be a bidder”.
### ODT Online Sat, 1 May 2010
Bid for $400m KiwiRail contracts nigh
By Dene Mackenzie
The campaign for Dunedin engineering firms to gain some of the nearly $400 million KiwiRail plans spending on new rolling stock begins in earnest on Monday with the release of an economic report. The report, prepared by forecasting agency Berl, has been commissioned by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union, which represents workers at Hillside Workshops and the Dunedin City Council. KiwiRail plans to buy 38 three-car electric multiple units (114 cars) and 13 electric locomotives. The new rolling stock is likely to cost $375 million to produce in New Zealand.
Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie chairs a working party in Dunedin that has been quietly building support for KiwiRail to seriously consider building the EMUs and locomotives in New Zealand. The working party includes city MPs, trade union representatives, members of the DCC and the Otago Regional Council and representatives of Dunedin’s engineering industry.
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