A major road in Finchampstead, Wokingham, is officially open to the public following more than eight months of closure.

South East Water closed Nine Mile Ride to protect motorists and pedestrians as the company laid more than three kilometres of brand new water main to revamp its water network in the area.

The new pipe will ensure residents have a steady supply of drinking water as the community continues to expand.

Councillor Malcolm Richards, Mayor of Wokingham, led the celebrations as the road was officially reopened on Friday July 17.

He said: “Drinking water is an essential resource which we all need and these improvements will help conserve water and avoid leaks.

“I’m glad South East Water is set to complete this £1.4 million project on schedule and I know residents in the area will reap the rewards for years to come.”

Jeremy Dufour, Project Manager at South East Water, said: “This has been a very challenging project and I would like to thank everyone who has helped along the way.

“I would also like to extend my thanks to the residents and motorists who may have been impacted by these works. We know road closures can cause disruption so we really appreciate the patience shown since the project began last summer.”

The water company installed new main in Finchampstead Road, Gorse Ride South, Billing Avenue and Nine Mile Ride.

It also replaced part of the old pipeline which had become prone to bursting.

Jeremy continued: “While we were installing the new water main we took the opportunity to replace some of the aging sections of main which were already in the road.

“This will help us to ensure we can minimise the disruption caused to customers through burst water mains.

“We have a small section of work to complete, close to California Rate Payers’ Hall, which will take place this week.

“This final section will cause minimal disruption to residents and, once finished, will mark the end of this project.”

This scheme forms part of South East Water’s £424 million investment between 2015 and 2020. The water company is set to invest a further £433 million into improving its network between 2020 and 2025.

Residents can keep tabs on future planned work in the area by visiting South East Water’s interactive map at:  inyourarea.digdat.co.uk/SouthEastWater

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