Retailers on George Street in central Sydney will finally gain a reprieve from disruption caused by construction of the $2.1 billion light rail project within the next three months.
Civil construction on a stretch of George Street from the Queen Victoria Building to the intersection with King Street is scheduled to be finished by late October, about a year later than originally planned.
Completion of the laying of tracks, kerbs and other civil construction work will allow for barriers to be removed and the area to be made much more accessible for pedestrians.
About a third of the entire track - or four kilometres of line in both directions along the 12-kilometre route from Circular Quay in the CBD to Randwick and Kensington in the south-east - has now been laid.
Retailers on George Street and in Surry Hills and Kensington have complained that their revenue has tumbled since construction began.
The owners of The Book Kitchen closed their well-known cafe and restaurant permanently in May after almost eight years, blaming construction on Devonshire Street for a plunge in customers.
Labor's transport spokeswoman, Jodi McKay, said the government should compensate businesses that had suffered falls in revenue of up to 60 per cent.
"Many of them are feeling left out in the cold and that their concerns are not being heard," she said.