Kennedy Town Station

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Kennedy Town
堅尼地城
Hong Kong MTR rapid transit station
MTR KET (1).JPG
Construction site next to Smithfield
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Location of Kennedy Town Station in Hong Kong
Station location and services
Line  Island Line
Code KET
District Central and Western
Area Kennedy Town
Coordinates 22°16′52″N 114°07′43″E / 22.2812°N 114.1285°E / 22.2812; 114.1285Coordinates: 22°16′52″N 114°07′43″E / 22.2812°N 114.1285°E / 22.2812; 114.1285
Station design
Livery  Sky blue
Structure Underground
Platforms 2
Type of platforms Side
Exits 3
Events
Expected open End of December 2014 or 1st quarter of 2015[1]
Rail services
Preceding station   MTR logo notext.svg MTR   Following station
Terminus Island Line
towards Chai Wan

Kennedy Town Station
Traditional Chinese 堅尼地城
Simplified Chinese 坚尼地城

Kennedy Town is the proposed terminus on the Hong Kong MTR West Island Line, an extension to the existing Island Line. The station will serve the Kennedy Town area on the northwestern end of Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong.

When the station first appeared in Hong Kong Mass Transit: Further Studies in 1970, it was simply known as Kennedy (Chinese: 堅尼地). It was to be built as part of the Island Line in the 1980s, but construction of the line did not commence westwards beyond Sheung Wan, citing inadequate passengers and technical difficulties by contractors.

Under the latest proposal as of June 2005, Kennedy Town would be served by West Island Line as an extension of the Island Line, a heavy rail system, instead of being served by a medium capacity rail shared by commuters from Southern District, after pressure from local community groups.

Construction[edit]

The MTR Corporation let out a tender for the construction of the Kennedy Town Station and overrun tunnel. It was awarded to Gammon Construction, (half owned by Balfour Beatty) for 1.3 billion HK dollars. The tunnel is 650 meters in length. Travel time from this station to Sheung Wan is expected to be eight minutes.[2] Construction commenced in 2010 and is expected to be complete by 2014. As at February 2011 excavation work has commenced at each station entrance and demolition of the swimming pool has started. The re-provisioning of the Kennedy Town Swimming Pool was awarded as a contract to Paul Y. Construction Company Ltd in July 2009 and was finished in 2011.[3]

Station layout (future)[edit]

The station is located under the site of the previous Kennedy Town Swimming Pool located on Smithfield.[4] There will also be a public transport interchange on the ground level of the station.

G Ground level Exits/Entrances, public transport interchange
C Concourse Customer Service, MTRShops
P
Platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 1  Island Line towards Chai Wan (HKU)
Platform 2  Island Line terminus platform
Side platform, doors will open on the left

Proposed entrances/exits[5][edit]

  • A: Smithfield (Old Kennedy Town Swimming Pool)
  • B: Rock Hill Road, North Street
  • C: Forbes Street, Smithfield, Kennedy Town Playground, Victoria Road

Community Facilities[edit]

References[edit]