Two sections of Sydney’s $2.1-billion light rail project have opened to the public on George Street.

This week’s unveiling follows two years of construction on the new light rail network. Once complete, it will connect Sydney’s CDB with its south-east.

The 12-kilometre route will feature 19 stops, extending from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station, through Surry Hills to Moore Park, then to Kensington and Kingsford via Anzac Parade and Randwick via Alison Road and High Street.  

While the light rail isn’t quite in operation just yet, pedestrians are now able to wander the first part of the line or take a seat on either side of the street.  

A number of trees have also already been planted, with many more in planter boxes. And to get everyone into the Christmas spirit, a huge wreath has been installed.

The response to the new open space has been reported as largely positive. But there are concerns that it will continue to have an impact on traffic. Throughout construction, retailers also complained that their businesses had suffered due to noise and dust.

Construction of the entire line is due for completion in 2019.