Fo Tan Station

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Fo Tan
火炭
Hong Kong MTR rapid transit station
Fo Tan Station Exit.jpg
Fo Tan Station Exit B
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Location of Fo Tan Station in Hong Kong
Station location and services
Line  East Rail Line
Code FOT
District Sha Tin
Area Fo Tan
Coordinates 22°23′43″N 114°11′54″E / 22.3953°N 114.1982°E / 22.3953; 114.1982Coordinates: 22°23′43″N 114°11′54″E / 22.3953°N 114.1982°E / 22.3953; 114.1982
Map
Service hours 0537/0054
Station design
Livery  orange
Structure Ground Level
Platforms 4
Type of platforms Island
Exits 4
Shops 4
Events
Opened 15 February 1985
Rail services
Preceding station   MTR logo notext.svg MTR   Following station
towards Hung Hom
East Rail Line
towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau

Fo Tan Station
Chinese 火炭站
Literal meaning fire-charcoal station

Fo Tan Station is a station on the East Rail Line of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system in Hong Kong. It is located in the Fo Tan area of Sha Tin District, between Sha Tin and University stations.

The passenger station serves some apartment buildings, villages, a medium sized industrial zone, as well as the Fo Tan Railway House of the MTRC. During rush hour, some northbound trains terminate at this station before departing southwards. Some trains do not run through this station on race days, and are instead diverted to stop at Racecourse Station.

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1985, two years after the total electrification of the railway. It was featured at the end of the 1989 film Mr Coconut, starring Tony Leung Ka-Fai.

Fo Tan Goods Yard[edit]

In addition, two tracks spur off at the northeast of the station, and lead into a goods yard north of the station. The station goods yard is considered[who?] to be well utilised, with freight trains stopping regularly.

Station structure[edit]

Station layout[edit]

Concourses Southern Concourse Exit A & B, Customer Service Centre
Shops, vending machines, ATMs & toilets
Northern Concourse Exit C & D, Customer Service Centre
Shops, vending machines & ATMs
Platforms
(G/F)
Platform 1  East Rail Line towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau (University)
Island platform, doors will open on the right for platform 1 and left for platform 2
Platform 2 ↑  East Rail Line towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau (University)
(For special northbound departures during specific time.)
Platform 3 ↓  East Rail Line towards Hung Hom (Sha Tin)
(For special southbound departures during specific time.)
Island platform, doors will open on the left for platform 3 and right for platform 4
Platform 4  East Rail Line towards Hung Hom (Sha Tin)

Platforms[edit]

The station has three tracks, with two island platforms between.

Trains normally stop at platforms 1 and 4. The centre track is used in these occasions:

  • for special southbound departures during morning peak hours,
  • for southbound stopping when there are trains heading to/from the depot, or Racecourse station during race days, or
  • to serve as a buffer so that non-stop through trains can overtake local trains.

Entrances and Exits[edit]

Fo Tan Railway House

Originally, the southern concourse was the only concourse in this station. Because the two concourses were built in separate years, they are not interconnected.

Southern Concourse
Northern Concourse
  • C: The Palazzo
    • The Palazzo, Ficus Garden, Immigration and Registration of Persons, Jubilee Court, Jubilee Garden, Lok Lo Ha Village, Plaza Ascot, Royal Ascot
  • D: Au Pui Wan Street