Any guesses if BERL came up with a suitably big number for them? Somehow they managed to, surprisingly enough.
KiwiRail has workshops in Dunedin and Lower Hutt capable of building and maintaining the rolling stock.Would I trust the number? Of course not. A thousand jobs adding $240 million to GDP: $240K GDP per job? And $120K per job benefit to the trade balance? Some folks are really good at coming up with the numbers their clients want to have promoted....
The report, commissioned by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union and Dunedin City Council, found 770-1270 full-time equivalent jobs would be created over the construction period, $232-$250 million would be added to gross domestic product, Crown revenue would rise by a net $65-$70 million and the trade balance would benefit by $114-$122 million.
Manufacturing the units and locomotives locally would also develop and maintain the skill base in New Zealand, opening the industry up to the $15 billion international rolling stock industry, BERL said.
It would also allow for ongoing maintenance contracts to remain domestic, and innovation and technology opportunities could spillover into other industries, the report said.