The Gyratory at Night

Since the 1st December there has been night time noise, smells and smoke on the Gyratory (its a sort of big roundabout with buildings in the middle) just a couple of hundred yards away as machines and men strip off a few centimetres of tarmac and then put new tarmac back.

The road planer crawls along on caterpillar tracks scraping up the road and sending it shooting up the conveyor into the receiving lorry

The road planer crawls along on caterpillar tracks scraping up the road and sending it shooting up the conveyor into the receiving lorry – click for bigger and better boys’ stuff detail

I’ve been down a couple of times to watch and take some pictures.  Dragged Jackie along the first time (a diversion from the homeward bus after a night out), but she wouldn’t stay, claiming the smell and noise were unpleasant and it was ‘Boys’ stuff’.  A cruel woman.

This machine is being charged with fresh hot tarmac prior to spreading an even layer on the freshly exposed and scrupulously swept surface

This machine is being charged with fresh hot tarmac prior to spreading an even layer on the freshly exposed and scrupulously swept surface

When I was preparing to take this photo one of the guys spotted me, and they all turned and waved.  Sadly I missed the moment.

The road roller operative used some colourful language when a cyclist ploughed into as yet unrolled soft new tarmac leaving a deep groove and footprints where a hasty dismount saved him from a fall.  Men with rakes repaired the damage.

The road roller operative used some colourful language when a cyclist ploughed into as yet unrolled soft new tarmac leaving a deep groove and footprints where a hasty dismount saved him from a fall. Men with rakes repaired the damage.  The cyclist’s demeanour was more permanently dented.

Just one more picture and I’ll be gone – too sunny to stay in.

Wonderful and exciting stuff happening into the night just a short walk away.

Wonderful and exciting stuff happening into the night just a short walk away.

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