Hung Hom Station

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Hung Hom
紅磡
Hong Kong MTR rapid transit station
Hung Hom Station 2014 04 part1.JPG
Platform 1
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Location of Hung Hom Station in Hong Kong
Station location and services
Lines  East Rail Line
 West Rail Line
Code HUH
District Yau Tsim Mong
Area Hung Hom
Coordinates 22°18′10″N 114°10′54″E / 22.3029°N 114.1816°E / 22.3029; 114.1816Coordinates: 22°18′10″N 114°10′54″E / 22.3029°N 114.1816°E / 22.3029; 114.1816
Map
Service hours 0530/0110
Station design
Livery  FF0077
Structure Ground Level
Platforms 7
Type of platforms Island (1–6)/
Side (7)
Exits 4
Events
Opened 30 November 1975
Rail services
Preceding stop   MTR   Following stop
Terminus East Rail Line
towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau
Terminus West Rail Line
towards Tuen Mun
Terminus Guangdong Through Train
towards Zhaoqing
Terminus Beijing-Kowloon Through Train
Terminus
Terminus
Shanghai-Kowloon Through Train Terminus
Future
towards Admiralty
North South Corridor
towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau
towards Wu Kai Sha
East West Corridor
towards Tuen Mun

Hung Hom Station
Traditional Chinese 紅磡
Simplified Chinese 红磡

Hung Hom Station (Chinese: 紅磡站), 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 Hong Kong's Main Station for all cross-border trains to China. Cross-border services to Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou (Zhaoqing, Foshan and Dongguan in Province Guangdong) call at Hung Hom station only when travelling in Hong Kong.

The station is located in Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon, next to the Cross-Harbour Tunnel's northern entrance. Hung Hom is one of the three Hong Kong ports of entry on the MTR network; the others are Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau.

An interchange station for buses (lower level), minibuses and taxis (upper level) is located outside the station building. The lower-level bus station is situated in front of the Kowloon-side entrance of the Cross Harbour Tunnel. Elevated walkways connect the station to the Hong Kong Coliseum, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, residential area of Hung Hom, and tourist attractions in eastern Tsim Sha Tsui, such as the Museum of Science and Technology and the Promenade along Victoria Harbour.

History[edit]

The old Kowloon Station in Tsim Sha Tsui began operation in 1910. After decades of economic growth in Hong Kong, the station, situated at the seafront of Victoria Harbour, became too small and had no room for expansion. A new Kowloon station, situated to the east, opened on 30 November 1975 as the new terminus of the Kowloon–Canton Railway. The demolition of the old station had commenced on 7 June 1978,[1] a new complex of concert hall and museums were built on Kowloon Station's original site, but the clock tower has been preserved as a Declared Monument.

The new station was renamed Hung Hom Station around February or March 1996.[2] The Kowloon-Canton Railway was renamed KCR East Rail in 1996, and subsequently the East Rail Line upon the merger of MTRC (metro services) and KCRC (suburban train services) in December 2007.

After decades of being the terminus station of the East Rail Line, Hung Hom temporarily became an intermediate station when the suburban railway line was extended to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station. This symbolic return to Tsim Sha Tsui of then-Kowloon-Canton Railway was followed by the inarguation of a westward Kowloon Southern Link to complete the West Rail Line. On 16 August 2009, East Tsim Sha Tsui was transferred to the West Rail Line. Hung Hom regained the status as the terminus station of both suburban railways.

The old Hung Hom Station[edit]

An old Hung Hom station existed on Chatham Road South before the relocation of Kowloon in 1975. It was situated next to the former coastline of Hung Hom Bay, at the southeastern corner of the Gun Club Hill Barracks (between the current-day Chung Sze Yuen Building A of Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong History Museum).

This old Hung Hom Station, a temporary wooden structure, began operation from the first day of Kowloon-Canton Railway on 1 October 1910[3] to 15 September 1921,[4] but was later demolished.

Future development[edit]

In 2001, Hung Hom station underwent an extension project. Enlargement of the passenger terminal now hosts ticket offices, waiting areas, shops and restaurants.

Currently an interchange station between the West Rail Line and East Rail Line, Hung Hom station would be an intermediate stop on the Sha Tin to Central Link, a sururban railway line connecting the town of Sha Tin to Hong Kong Island.

In the latest recommendations by the Hong Kong Legislative Council, the East Rail Line would be extended to Hong Kong Island to form a North-South transport corridor, whereas the West Rail Line, the Ma On Shan Line, and the planned East Kowloon Link would be connected to an East-west Line at Hung Hom station.

Station layout[edit]

Loft - MTRShops
G
Concourse
Intercity Through
Train Concourse/
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
ATMs, lockers
M
Concourse
Exit A & B
Concourse
Exit A, B, footbridge, public transport interchange
Customer Service
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
P
Platforms
Platform 1  East Rail Line towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau (Mong Kok East)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2  West Rail Line towards Tuen Mun (East Tsim Sha Tsui)
Platform 3  West Rail Line towards Tuen Mun (East Tsim Sha Tsui)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
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
Island platform
Platform 6 Intercity Through Train towards Zhaoqing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, or Beijing
Platform 7 Disused freight platform
Side platform, restricted access

Train services[edit]

The following train services call at this station (incomplete):

Domestic

  • Suburban Train (MTR East Rail Line): Hung Hom - Mong Kok (East) - Kowloon Tong - Sha Tin - University - Tai Po - Sheung Shui - Lo Wu (Hong Kong)
  • Suburban Train (MTR East Rail Line): Hung Hom - Mong Kok (East) - Kowloon Tong - Sha Tin - University - Tai Po - Sheung Shui - Lok Ma Chau
  • Suburban Train (MTR West Rail Line): Hung Hom - Tsim Sha Tsui (East) - Nam Cheong - Mei Foo - Tsuen Wan (West) - Yuen Long - Tuen Mun

Cross-border

(Y for Province Guangdong/Canton, XI for Province Hunan, Z for Province Zhejiang, E for Province Hubei, YU for Province Henan)

  • Intercity Train (MTR-CR Through Train): Hong Kong (Hung Hom) - Dongguan-Changping (Y) - Guangzhou/Canton (East) (Y) - (Foshan) (Y) - (Zhaoqing) (Y)
  • Night Train (MTR-CR Through Train): Hong Kong (Hung Hom) - Guangzhou/Canton (East) (Y) - Zhuzhou/Jianning (XI) - Jinhua (West) (Z) - Shanghai
  • Night Train (MTR-CR Through Train): Hong Kong (Hung Hom) - Guangzhou/Canton (East) (Y) - Changsha (XI) - Wuchang (E) - Zhengzhou (YU) - Beijing/Peking (West)

Gallery[edit]

View of the Concourse

References[edit]

  1. ^ see the Hong Kong Kung Sheung Daily of 8 June 1978
  2. ^ from KCRC documents, the exact date to be further researched
  3. ^ see Kowloon Canton Railway Annual Report for 1910
  4. ^ 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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