We're installing more than three kilometres of water mains in Finchampstead Road, Billing Avenue, Gorse Ride South and Nine Mile Ride.

You may be aware the existing pipework along Nine Mile Ride has a history of bursts and is coming to the end of its working life. Therefore, we are taking the opportunity to replace this pipe.

This project is also necessary to improve the capacity of the network and ensure we can continue to maintain water pressure to the area as the community grows.

Work began in Finchampstead Road on July 24 and the road was closed for several weeks. This section was planned during the school holidays in order to minimise disruption and is now complete.

We've now moved our working area to Nine Mile Ride, working from the junction with Gorse Ride South to the junction with Park Lane.

At the same time as this closure, we're also installing pipe in Billing Avenue and Gorse Ride South. 

Due to the number of other utilities in Nine Mile Ride and for the health and safety of our workforce and the public, a road closure will be required.

We anticipate that Nine Mile Road will be closed for approximately 10 months but this will be split into smaller phases to allow sections of work to be carried out to reduce the impact to residents and businesses. 

Access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times however residents’ normal access route may need to be changed as the scheme progresses. California Country Park will remain open as normal throughout the project.

A clearly signed division route which has been agreed with Wokingham Borough Council is in place.

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Scheme map

The map below indicates where our contractor will be working and the three phases of the project.


Useful information

Project timeline

Finchampstead Road Diversion

Nine Mile Ride phase one diversion

Nine Mile Ride phase two diversion


Following discussions with Reading Buses, a temporary shuttle service will be in place while our contractor works along Nine Mile Ride. 

During the second phase of the project, along Nine Mile Ride east of California Country Park, a shuttle bus will run between California Country Park and Sheerlands Road at Arborfield Green. You can view the timetable for these buses here.

During the third and final phase, between California Country Park and the junction of Nine Mile Ride and Park Lane, a shuttle bus will run between Hogwood Industrial Estate and Sheerlands Road. The timetable is available here.

Please note that times marked in blue are journeys to cater for school trips to Reading while journeys marked green cater for peak travel to Reading (to arrive before 9am).

Statement from Courtney Buses

Due to the road closure of Finchampstead Road at California Crossroads, Services will be diverting via Kiln Ride, Foxcote and Windsor Ride in both directions.

Customers for stops at Calfornia Crossroads on Finchampstead Road and Calfornia Post Office stop on Nine Mile Ride please use Barkham Ride bus stops in both directions.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

How will school buses be affected?

We’ve also been working closely with Horseman Coaches to see how we can minimise disruption to school bus services. We’re aware there are several passengers in the area which use the 244 and M04 service for Holt School, Forest School and Emmbrook School.

Changes to times and locations for these services can be found by clicking the relevant bus service number below.

244 MO4


13 September 2019

The footpath between Finchampstead Road and Billing Avenue is now reopened. We are sorry for any disruption the closure caused but it was essential in order to protect pedestrians and our contractor.

6 September 2019

Our work continues to make good progress and our contractor has now laid more than 300 metres of pipe. Finchampstead Road is now open and the road closure has moved to the junction of Gorse Ride South of Nine Mile Ride. Our contractor has continued work in the footpath between Finchampstead Road and Billing Avenue and this will reopen at the end of next week.

Meanwhile, have been monitoring traffic concerns and due to safety reasons, White Horse Lane will be closed from Monday September 9. We are sorry for any disruption this may cause.

We would ask that all motorists stick to our official diversion route, which is clearly signed throughout.

3 September 2019

We’re really sorry for any disruption our road closure in Finchampstead causes but we must prioritise the safety of pedestrians and motorists. We would urge all motorists to stick to our diversion route at all times. Our project team will review traffic in the area as the project continues.

30 August 2019

The project continues to make good progress and our work in Finchampstead Road is nearing completion.

Nine Mile Ride will be closed from the junction of Gorse Ride South towards California Country Park from Monday and the road closure at Finchampstead Road will be removed.

Our Customer Liaison Manager will be available on-site at Nine Mile Ride on Monday afternoon from 4pm should customers wish to ask any questions about the project.

We would like to thank customers once again for their continued patience during these vital works.

23 August 2019

We have continued to make positive progress and our contractor has now laid more than 240 metres of new water main in Finchampstead Road and Gorse Ride South.

All of the pipe in Finchampstead Road has been laid and we carried out an overnight connection on Thursday, August 22. We will now begin restoring the road to its original state.

New pipe has also been laid in the alleyway between Finchampstead Road and Billing Avenue.

9 August 2019

Our £1.4 million project is off to a good start and our contractor is currently working ahead of schedule. We have laid 120 metres of pipe so far and all of the pipe in Finchampstead Road is installed and ready to be tested.

Once work the work in Finchampstead Road is complete, our contractor will move into the footpath near California Rate Payers’ Hall.

The three-way traffic lights at the junction of Nine Mile Ride and Gorse Ride South will be removed on Saturday (August 10) and four-way lights will then be in operation at the junction of Gorse Ride South, Billing Avenue and Kelsey Avenue.

The first connection to our existing network is complete and further connections are planned overnight on August 19 and 22. The connections are carefully planned in order to minimise disruption to the network and affected customers will receive letters from our project team.

5 August 2019

Our work in Finchampstead has begun and we’re currently in the process of laying new pipe in Finchampstead Road and Gorse Ride South. Temporary traffic lights have been set up at the junction Gorse Ride South and Nine Mile Ride and a road closure is in place in Finchampstead Road.

On Wednesday, we’ll be carrying out a planned connection meaning residents may experience no water or low water pressure between 10pm and 1am on Thursday. We’re carrying out this work at night to minimise the disruption to our network and customers so there may be some noise disturbance but our contractor will work as quietly as possible. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes and thank you for your patience while we carry out this vital work.

25 July 2019

Our contractor began preparing the area for our work on Wednesday and preparations are ongoing. We’re currently marking out a route for the new pipeline soon be in a position to start digging trenches in order for us to pass the pipe through.

During the preparation phase, our contractor may not always be visible on-site due to having to transport materials from other areas.


7 June 2019

On Monday, June 10, we’ll be carrying out some tree clearance as part of this vital scheme.

We will do everything we can to minimise the impact on the environment but due to the location where we need to install the new water pipe, a small number of trees and shrubs in the land between Finchampstead Road and Billing Avenue need to be removed.

The tree felling has been approved by Wokingham Borough Council and access along the footpath by California Rate Payers’ Hall will be maintained although there may be a small wait if works need a section clear at that time. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this work may cause.

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