Anyway. They started demolition back in March/April, and the foundry buildings disappeared really quickly - they've already got "opening soon!" signs up for the big supermarket they subsequently built there. (It's a "John Lewis at home", and Waitrose.)
Unfortunately this means they're digging up the road I use to get from home to work.
So, this is the old Cranes site, as it used to look. Everything inside of the murky pink line is gone; all the buildings (which were full of asbestos, yummy) have been demolished and hauled away, and they've been processing the earth for ages, presumably to make it safe. (Foundries are pretty dirty places, I imagine.) The blue oval is the roundabout in question.
WOO. Imagine the red line as my high-speed trail, a la Tron, dicing with death as we avoided the lethal buddelia bushes which seemed intent on scratching out my eyes or pushing us under the wheels of the closest lorry. It's a proper pedestrian-and-cycle path, but they always used to let the plants go a bit wild, leaving a clear space of about an inch to get past in.
This is how the roundabout is soon going to look. They've put a MASSIVE GREAT ROAD in the middle of the cycle lane. The cones and barriers and roadworks signs are all up, already, diverting traffic - Whites and I managed to sneak through this morning, because they haven't started digging the path up yet, but I don't think it'll last very long.
This is my old route to work, down Ransomes Way.
This is probably going to be my new route. It actually looks a teeny bit shorter than my normal route, but I've never been this way before and I don't know what the traffic is like - or how easy it is to get across the roads.
As I'm on-call tonight, I'll be cycling home, so I'll soon find out how nice the new route is going to be...
Edit: Not liking this new "cut" at all, LJ. I want to be able to open the cut and go to the actual page in the journal, not have it just expand on the page. Otherwise I then have to click AGAIN and wait for it to then LOAD AGAIN (slowly, clunkily, because the "new" comments pages STILL don't open properly on some of the computers I use) if I want to comment. >:( (Not to mention, pages take so long loading all the crap associated with them, now, especially on my older computer, that I'll have read half the comments by the time the last component loads... and the page snaps back to the top of the comments section, and I lose my place.)