One of the planned stops on HS2 is just down the road from where I live.
All you can read in the local papers about the route / station is people and councils saying negative things about it. NIMBYs
Trot back about 180 yrs and you would have heard all the same things from when the railways were first built. 20yrs after that people were clamouring to buy shares in the railway companies.
The two cities either side of the planned station /route are both miffed its not coming through them.