Fortescue first tried to gain access to BHP's Mount Newman line in June 2004 when the Trade Practices Act declared such access as open for negotiation. Fortescue says it will now consider the latest ruling before deciding what to do next.
Fortescue loses seven-year Pilbara rail access battle
AUSTRALIA's Federal Court has overturned a ruling by a competition tribunal which would have allowed Fortescue Metals Group to negotiate access to one of the heavy-haul railways in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The tribunal had ruled that third parties could have some access to Rio Tinto's Robe River railway, but the decision was overturned by the Federal Court. The court also refused Fortescue's attempt to gain access to Rio Tinto's Hamerseley line.