Hung Hom Station

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Hung Hom
紅磡
MTR rapid transit station
Hung Hom Station 2014 04 part1.JPG
Platform 1
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 紅磡
Simplified Chinese 红磡
General information
Location Cheong Wan Road, Hung Hom
Yau Tsim Mong District, Hong Kong
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
Owned by Kowloon–Canton Railway Corporation
Operated by MTR Corporation
Line(s)
Platforms 6 (3 island platforms)
Connections Bus, public light bus
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Platform levels 1
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code HUH
History
Opened
  • 30 November 1975 (1975-11-30) (East Rail Line)
  • 16 August 2009 (2009-08-16) (West Rail Line)
Electrified 1983
Services
Preceding station   MTR   Following station
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
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hung Hom
Location within the MTR system
Platform 2
Intercity Through Train Concourse/Exit C Concourse
Hung Hom Station passageway

Hung Hom Station (Chinese: 紅磡站), formerly known as Kowloon Station (Chinese: 九龍車站), is a station on the East Rail Line and West Rail Line in Hong Kong. It is Hong Kong's only station serving cross-border trains to Mainland China. Cross-border services to Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou call at this station.

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 for buses (lower level) and public light buses and taxis (upper level) is located outside the station building. The lower-level bus station is situated at the Kowloon entrance of the Cross-Harbour Tunnel. Elevated walkways connect the station to the Hong Kong Coliseum, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the residential area of Hung Hom, and tourist attractions in eastern Tsim Sha Tsui; such as the Science Museum, and the Avenue of Stars 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 commenced on 7 June 1978;[1] a new complex of a 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.

In 2001, Hung Hom station underwent an expansion project, which included enlargement of the passenger terminal. The passenger terminal now hosts ticket offices, waiting areas, shops and restaurants.

After decades of being the terminus station of the East Rail Line, Hung Hom temporarily became an intermediate station when the East Rail was extended to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station. This symbolic return to Tsim Sha Tsui of the then-Kowloon–Canton Railway was followed by the inauguration 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 its status of terminus station, now 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]

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 suburban railway line connecting Sha Tin to Hong Kong Island.

In the latest recommendations by the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, the East Rail Line would be extended to Hong Kong Island to form a North South Corridor, whereas the West Rail Line, the Ma On Shan Line, and the planned East Kowloon Link would be connected as an East West Corridor.

Timetable[edit]

Line Destination First train Last train
East Rail Line Lok Ma Chau 05:35 21:35
Lo Wu 05:30 23:07
Sheung Shui 00:25
West Rail Line Tuen Mun 05:53 00:25
Source: MTR[5]

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

[6]

View of the concourse

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hong Kong Kung Sheung Daily, 8 June 1978.
  2. ^ KCRC documents[vague]; the exact date of name change is subject to further research
  3. ^ Kowloon–Canton Railway 1910 Annual Report.
  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.
  5. ^ "Hung Hom Station timetable" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Hung Hom Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 

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