The British Chancellor Rerouted A Flagship Railway To Avoid His Home.
As the trains need a straight line to reach full speed, the route was decided and everything in its path effectively condemned. Farmers had HS2 cut right through their fields. Housing estates were demolished. Protected habitats were built over. All so the line could be perfectly straight.
Until it came to the home area of then-Chancellor George Osborne, that is. At that point, the line suddenly bent right around to avoid upsetting Osborne’s wealthy neighbors