Hung Hom Station
|Hong Kong MTR rapid transit station|
Location of Hung Hom Station in Hong Kong
|Station location and services|
|Lines||█ East Rail Line
█ West Rail Line
|District||Yau Tsim Mong|
|Type of platforms||Island (1–6)/
|Opened||30 November 1975|
|Hung Hom Station|
Hung Hom Station, formerly known as Kowloon Station (九龍車站) is a station on the East Rail Line and West Rail Line in Hong Kong. It is located in Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon, next to the Cross-Harbour Tunnel northern entrance. Hung Hom Station is one of the three Hong Kong ports-of-entry on the MTR network, along with Lo Wu Station and Lok Ma Chau Station.
Although the station is named as Hung Hom, it is quite far from the central part of Hung Hom area, which is at least 15 minutes away on foot.
It should be noticed that its fare is quite different from nearby stations. At least $1 more is charged for passengers coming from Hong Kong Island, and around $3 for passengers coming from Tung Chung or Disneyland Resort.
This station was opened on 30 November 1975 because the old Kowloon Station at Tsim Sha Tsui was too small, had no room for expansion, and the latter's demolition commenced on 7 June 1978 (although the clock tower has been preserved as a Declared Monument). This new Kowloon station at Hung Hom, renamed as Hung Hom Station in February/March 1996, served as the terminus for Kowloon-Canton Railway (renamed as KCR East Rail in early 1996 and as the East Rail Line after the rail merger in December 2007) until 24 October 2004, when KCR East Rail was extended to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station at Tsim Sha Tsui. After the Kowloon Southern Link opened, however, it again served as the terminus for East Rail Line and also became the terminus for West Rail Line. The expanded part of the concourse in Hung Hom station was opened in 2001.
Well before the relocation of Kowloon terminus from Tsim Sha Tsui to Hung Hom in 1975, a station named Hung Hom was located at Chatham Road South, next to the then coastline of Hung Hom Bay just off the South East corner of Gun Club Hill Barracks. The location is currently between Chung Sze Yuen Building A of HK Polytechnic University and HK History Museum. This old Hung Hom Station, a temporary wooden structure, operated from the first day of Kowloon Canton Railway operation on 1 October 1910 to 15 September 1921, and was later demolished.
Hung Hom and its surrounding roads and areas continued to display signage referring to the Hung Hom transport interchange as a "Railway Terminus", even though East Rail Line was temporarily extended to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station (it was, of course, still the terminus for cross-border services). Now, after the opening of the Kowloon Southern Link on 16 August 2009, Hung Hom is once again the terminus for domestic services as well.
The Sha Tin to Central Link, in its various manifestations throughout the last thirty years, all considered Hung Hom as a strategic key. In the latest recommendations by the Legco, the East Rail Line will be extended to Hong Kong Island, forming a North-South corridor, whereas the West Rail Line, the Ma On Shan Line, and the yet-to-be-built East Kowloon Link, will be connected into an East-west Line. Hung Hom will serve as an interchange station. The proposal negated the need to perform three-line interchanges, which would have required new underground platforms and escalator transfers.
Hung Hom serves as the southern terminus of both East Rail Line and West Rail Line, as well as the terminus of cross-border services with destinations to major cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, as well as Zhaoqing, Foshan, Dongguan in Guangdong. Transfers between the East Rail Line and West Rail Line are provided through cross-platform interchanges.
Exit C Concourse
|Exit C, a transport interchange|
|ticketing office, Customer Service Centre, toilets, Hong Kong Immigration Department
and Customs and Excise Department checkpoints (for intercity train passengers)
|MTRShops, vending machines|
|Exit A & B
|Exit A, B, footbridge, public transport interchange|
|Exit D Concourse||Exit D, footbridge, Customer Service|
|Footbridges||to Cross Harbour Tunnel, Hong Kong Polytechnic University,
Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong Museum of History,
Hong Kong Science Museum, Hung Hom
|Platform 1||→ █ East Rail Line towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau (Mong Kok East) →|
|Platform 2||← █ West Rail Line towards Tuen Mun (East Tsim Sha Tsui)|
|Platform 3||← █ West Rail Line towards Tuen Mun (East Tsim Sha Tsui)|
|Platform 4||→ █ East Rail Line towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau (Mong Kok East) →|
|Platform 5||→ Intercity Through Train towards Zhaoqing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, or Beijing →|
|Platform 6||→ Intercity Through Train towards Zhaoqing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, or Beijing →|
|Platform 7||→ Disused freight platform|
|Side platform, restricted access|
- see the Hong Kong Kung Sheung Daily of 8 June 1978
- from KCRC documents, the exact date to be further researched
- see Kowloon Canton Railway Annual Report for 1910
- The HK Daily Press of 16 Sep 1921 shows the KCR timetable (taking effect on 16 Sep 1921) (Gazette no. s 260) without Hung Hom Station for the first time, whereas the timetable (Gazette no. s 205) the day before also on the HK Daily Press still showed the Station.
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