DUBAI'S ROADS and Transport Authority will shortly announce an important milestone in its Metro project - TBMs will have cleared the Dubai creek in six weeks' time. The rst stage of the project will consist of two new metro lines. The first, a 20km green line with 22 new stations, will follow the line of the creek and serve the existing airport, while the second, the 50km red line with 35 stations will follow the Sheikh Zayed Road from the downtown area south towards Jebel Ali port and the new 6-runway airport. The Metro will be key to keeping the city free from the crippling traffic problems it currently experiences. Piers to support the above ground section of the Metro, set to open for passengers by 9 September 2009, are sprouting up all over the city. Four sub-contracts are engaged on these supports - piling and pile caps by Bauer, piers by Indian contractor Simplex, pier heads by French contractor Etic, and the Viaduct by the VFR consortium. Designer for the scheme is Atkins and lead contractors are Japanese contractor Obayashi and Kajima with Turkish contractor Yapi Merkezi.