Successful engagement events

Students in hot air balloon basket wearing VR headsets

Thanks to everyone who attended our Mid Cornwall Metro engagement events in Newquay (8-10 February) and Penryn (29 February – 2 March).

The events engaged with students, local business, councillors and members of the public.

The sessions welcomed 500 members of the public who were able to take a look at the Mid Cornwall Metro proposals and give their feedback on the project.

Staff from Cornwall Council, Cormac, Network Rail and GWR were on hand to provide information and answer queries.

Alongside a traditional display board and 2D map, there were a range of interactive ways to explore the proposals. These were developed with funding from the Government’s Proptech scheme by Digital Urban and included:

  • Virtual Reality hot air balloon ride experience (pictured top): This showed the changes to the streetscape at each engagement location and the public realm in the area and a fly-through of the Mid Cornwall Metro route.
  • Game pads to enable virtual exploration (pictured below) of the public realm and streetscape of proposed changes.
  • A table with embedded interactive computer screen which showed a comparison between the current streetscape and public realm and the proposed plans.

Man using gamepad to explore Mid Cornwall Metro proposals on computer monitor

The use of technology helped to bring the proposals to life, and received great feedback – for example in these interviews with students from Newquay Tretherras: