HKU Station

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HKU
香港大學
Hong Kong MTR rapid transit station
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Location of HKU Station in Hong Kong
Station location and services
Line  Island Line
Code HKU
District Central and Western
Area Shek Tong Tsui,
University of Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°17′03″N 114°08′08″E / 22.2841°N 114.1356°E / 22.2841; 114.1356Coordinates: 22°17′03″N 114°08′08″E / 22.2841°N 114.1356°E / 22.2841; 114.1356
Station design
Livery  Pale green
Structure Underground
Platforms 2
Type of platforms Island
Exits 6
Events
Expected open End of December 2014 or 1st quarter of 2015[1]
Rail services
Preceding station   MTR   Following station
Terminus
Island Line
towards Chai Wan
  Proposed  
Terminus South Island Line (West)

HKU Station
Traditional Chinese 香港大學
Whitty Street Public Toilet, will be one of the exits of HKU Station

HKU will be the station on the Hong Kong MTR West Island Line, an extension to the existing Island Line.

Naming disputes[edit]

There have been disputes among locals and district councilors over the station's name. Some have suggested to restore the previous official name "Belcher" (寶翠, [pǒutsʰɵ̄y], bou2 ceoi3) after The Belcher's, a housing development in the area, as well as Belcher Street and Belcher Bay. Some believed that the MTR Corporation's decision to change the name to "University" was not well consulted within the community, while others worried that it might cause confusion with another existing University Station on the East Rail Line. Some have also suggested "Shek Tong Tsui", after the area the station will serve.

In August 2009, MTR named the station "Hong Kong University".[2] The latest revision changed the English name to "HKU",[3] the abbreviation of the nearby University of Hong Kong.

Design and Construction[edit]

The MTR Corporation let out a tender for the construction of the Sai Ying Pun and University Stations and 2.2 km of tunnel. In 2009, the design and architecture was awarded to Aedas in joint verture with AECOM.[4] The construction work was awarded to Gammon Construction, (half owned by Balfour Beatty) for 4.7 billion HK dollars. [5] Construction commenced in 2010 and is expected to be complete by 2014.

Station layout (future)[edit]

The station will be located under Pok Fu Lam Road.[6] In addition, the MTR has planned to build elevators to link University Station to Hong Kong University.

G Ground level Exits/Entrances
C Concourse Customer Service
P
Platforms
Platform 1  Island Line towards Chai Wan (Sai Ying Pun)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2  Island Line towards Kennedy Town (Terminus)

Proposed entrances/exits[7][edit]

Abandoned reserve exits[edit]

Before the 1980s, the HKU station was planned to be built underground at Des Voeux Road West, near Ka On Street, Whitty Street, Hill Road. Lots at Chong Yip Centre and Pacific Piazza were reserved for future station exits and concourse.[8]

Station layout (Beyond 2020)[edit]

HKU Station is proposed to be an interchange station for West Island Line and South Island Line (West). The platform of South Island Line (West) will be built under West Island Line.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West Island Line targets to open in December 2014, 90% of works complete". MTR Corporation. 2014-05-29. 
  2. ^ Construction of the MTR West Island Line Project Commenced, MTR Corporation.
  3. ^ "Official website of West Island Line". MTR. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  4. ^ "Spectrum Asia Issue 02/April 2011". AECOM. 
  5. ^ "MTR West Island Line progresses". Railway Gazette International. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Proposed location of University Station, MTR Corporation
  7. ^ Site Plan of University Station, West Island Line EIA Reports
  8. ^ "西港島線歷史" [History of West Island Line] (in Chinese). Hong Kong West Island Line Concern Group. 2002. Archived from the original on 2004-08-24. Retrieved 2014-07-06.