Skyrail – now you can bet on it!

With Melbourne’s rail network covered in gambling advertising, should we really be surprised that the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) now has an official betting partner?

'Bell Street Level Crossing Removal Project' poster at Bell Street, Preston

Here is their media release, published this morning.

Level Crossing Removal Authority announces official betting partner
April 1, 2016

As work has ramped up across Melbourne on the removal of 50 dangerous and congested level crossings across the city, today the Level Crossing Removal Authority is pleased to announce that launch of our official betting partner –

As well as giving the general public a voice through the LXRA community feedback and consultation program, this new partnership will give all Melbournians a chance to profit from their opinions by betting on the outcome of level crossing removal projects. has been been chosen as our partner due to their innovative approach to betting, a perfect match to the innovative “Skyrail” approach to removing level crossings as adopted by the LXRA. Sport is part of Melbourne, as is gambling, and the LXRA expects that this new partnership will extend this connection.


The LXRA is an administrative office of the Victorian Government responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Level Crossing Removal Project. is Australia’s biggest corporate bookmaker, established in 1993 and based in the Northern Territory.

Current odds can be found on the Sportsbet website, including:

  • Elderly driver manages to drive into train trench: even money
  • Train trench still graffiti free a month after opening: 10 to 1
  • 1 in 100 year storm doesn’t flood train trench: 20 to 1
  • Extra entrances and exits added to your local station: 50 to 1
  • Homeless camp moves in beneath under Skyrail bridge: 1000 to 1
  • Community consultation results in a change from ‘rail over’ to ‘rail under’: 2000 to 1
  • Paedophile watches swimming children from a passing train: 1,000,000 to 1
  • Freight train falls off Skyrail into backyard: 2,000,000 to 1

It’s quite a world we live in, isn’t it?


Back in June 12, 2012 Sportsbet opened a market on whether Metro Trains will run on time during June. The response was predictable negative – here is an article from Crikey as well as a second one from ABC Radio.

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4 Responses to “Skyrail – now you can bet on it!”

  1. Cobra says:

    April fools right?

  2. Tim says:

    Carnegie is within a couple of years of totally being built up by apartments any way.

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