1. Your house is going to be demolished! Oh, hang on... Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via 51m.co.uk HS2 Ltd delivered demolition warning letters to the wrong housing block, telling residents their homes would be bulldozed even though there were actually no plans to knock them down. 2. It won't happen again, don't worry. Oh for goodness sake. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via theguardian.com 15,000 households were sent a letter suggesting their property was at risk of being bulldozed for the HS2 line. It transpired only 300 actually requiring demolishing. Patrick McLoughlin (Transport Secretary at the time) said "this must not happen again". OK... 3. Would it just be better if we didn't send any letters out at all? Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via doncasterfreepress.co.uk Having made mistakes with letters before, HS2 Ltd decided to take a new approach. Whilst they told some residents of a brand new housing estate in Mexborough that their homes were now under threat, they left others on surrounding streets to find out by accident via Facebook and word of mouth. Nice. 4. Warwickshire? Where's that? Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via stophs2.org When sending a draft order to the HS2 Hybrid Bill Committee - HS2 Ltd missed 20 miles of locations off their list - all the way from Wormleighton to Burton Green. 5. But we only moved in five years ago! Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via birminghammail.co.uk West Midlands Fire Service, who's HQ was built at a cost of £20m, will have to move out of their new home - just five years after getting in. HS2 will be heading straight through the car park. 6. £1000 for a garden survey for HS2 route. Just sign here. Sorry, sign where? Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via bucksherald.co.uk Residents were left baffled when HS2 Ltd offered them £1,000 to survey their garden – but only if they signed contract clauses which did not exist. 3,000 letters were sent to households along the route, which offered money in return for two site visits (to help officials draw up detailed designs for the HS2 line). The letter requested signing of clauses 14 and 15 before allowing HS2 access to the garden - but the clauses didn’t exist. 7. We're going to purchase your house for the HS2 route. LOL jk. Oh, actually sorry yeah we are going to need it. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via bucksherald.co.uk Families received letters suggesting their homes were at risk from being purchased by the Government, less than a month after the original threat letter was put down to a typo in letters sent out. Oops. 8. Where is our house?! Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF A housing estate in Mexborough was left off the proposed route map from HS2 Ltd, leaving residents bemused that a train line will be heading straight through their living room. A resident said "It’s as though they’ve done this route last minute and didn’t know we were here." 9. Finally, their cost projections are just a *little* bit off... Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via dailymail.co.uk Since 2010, the projected bill for HS2 has shot up from £30bn to £55.7bn. By the time the project completes (scheduled for 2026 - although HS2 have acknowledged this may overrun), it is estimated to reach almost £90bn. Over 128 staff at HS2 are paid over £100,000 too... What's that phrase about trains and gravy?