Construction is due to start on Monday, April 7, and the entire project is expected to take eight months to complete.
Work from the roundabout in Foresters Way by the Golden Retriever pub, would
cut through Swinley Forest, rejoining Nine Mile Ride just before Knightswood, and continuing up the road and along Ringmead, to Sainsbury’s roundabout.
Sections of Ringmead will be closed at different times throughout the project to allow the works to be carried out, with traffic-controlling measures in place, though details of these have yet to be finalised.
The other areas in the forest where work will take place are the Bray to Crowthorne Reservoir link; Crowthorne Reservoir to Lower Star Post; and Lower Star Post to Paschal Wood.
South East Water wants to keep disruption to a minimum and ensure all routes are kept open for mountain bikers and walkers.
Chris Love, the company’s delivery manager, said: “We understand that Swinley Forest is a much-loved woodland and we are working to ensure that cyclists, walkers and families can continue to enjoy it without too much disruption from our works”.
He described it as “an essential scheme to ensure we can meet the growing demand for water each year”.
The drop-in will take place in the Garden Room at South Hill Park in Birch Hill from 3.30pm to 6.30pm tomorrow.
Further details are available at www.southeastwater.co.uk/Ringmead