There are frequent gatherings in restaurants, bars, churches, museums or country walks.
The eastern section of the line, linking Birmingham and Leeds via Sheffield, will go through a newly-built housing estate.
By freeing up space on existing lines there could be twice as many seats on rush hour services from Manchester Piccadilly towards Stoke, Crewe and the South, and from Leeds towards Wakefield, according to the report.
HS2 may also enable new direct trains from London to destinations such as Bolton, Rochdale and Grimsby, and from Manchester to Derby, the research found.
“When the discussions around HS2 were first announced, I was one of the first politicians in Sheffield to argue for a Sheffield city centre location.
Sheffield is united in its support for HS2 in the city centre.