After two years of construction two sections of Sydney's light rail line along George Street (which connects Circular Quay to the south-east) have opened to the public. So although you can’t catch the light rail yet, you can now walk along the transformed boulevard between King and Park Streets.

The construction was originally scheduled for completion in October last year, but a number of setbacks were caused by “unexpected underground services and utilities,” said Transport NSW coordinator general Marg Prendergast.

Some barriers will remain on a light-rail stop outside the Queen Victoria Building, but the rest of the strip is ready. It’s a verdant space; there are almost a dozen trees planted and many more are in planter boxes. An enormous Christmas wreath has been installed overhead and there is street-side seating.

Light rail vehicle testing will begin in the coming months and civil construction will be progressively completed in 2018.