Kowloon Station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the MTR station. For other previously named Kowloon Stations, see Kowloon Station (disambiguation).
Kowloon
九龍
Hong Kong MTR rapid transit station
Kowloon Waterfront, Hong Kong, 2013-08-09, DD 03.jpg
Kowloon Station in Union Square
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Location of Kowloon Station in Hong Kong
Station location and services
Lines  Tung Chung Line
 Airport Express
Code KOW
District Yau Tsim Mong
Area West Kowloon/Tsim Sha Tsui
Coordinates 22°18′18″N 114°09′41″E / 22.3049°N 114.1615°E / 22.3049; 114.1615Coordinates: 22°18′18″N 114°09′41″E / 22.3049°N 114.1615°E / 22.3049; 114.1615
Map
Connections Bus, Minibus
Service hours 0604/0107
Station design
Livery  EEEDED
Structure Underground
Platforms 4
Type of platforms Side (Airport Express) / Island (Tung Chung Line)
Exits 6
Lifts 8
Shops 5
Events
Opened 22 June 1998
Rail services
Preceding station   MTR logo notext.svg MTR   Following station
Terminus
Airport Express
Tung Chung Line
towards Tung Chung

Kowloon Station
Simplified Chinese 九龙
Traditional Chinese 九龍
The long escalator
Kowloon Station, Airport Express section, View from Elements, Above Check in Desk
Kowloon Station, Airport Express section, Platform Level.
Kowloon Station at Tung Chung Line platform

Kowloon is a station on the Tung Chung Line and the Airport Express of Hong Kong's MTR. Only about 10,000 passengers use this station daily due to its inconvenient location west of the heart of Kowloon, making it one of the least used stations in the MTR system.

This station provides an in-town check-in service for flights departing Hong Kong International Airport and free shuttle bus services to most major hotels in the Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei areas. The station is located less than a kilometre west of Jordan Station on the Tsuen Wan Line.

People can access the shopping mall Elements directly by using the escalators linking the station concourse and the mall.

Station layout[edit]

U5
Residential and
commercial area
Exits, Union Square, The Waterfront, Sorrento
The HarbourSide, The Arch, International Commerce Centre, The Cullinan
U4
Tung Chung Line
concourse
Exit, Elements mall
U3 Airport Express
concourse
Exit, Elements mall
Tung Chung Line
concourse
Exit, Elements mall, escalator to U5
G
Ground
Airport Express
check-in
Customer service, drop-off area, in-town check-in, left luggage
MTRshops, vending machines, toilets, police post
Tung Chung Line
concourse
Exits, customer service, car park, toilet
Airport Express shuttle bus, public transport interchange
MTRshops, Hang Seng Bank, automatic teller machines
L2
Platforms
Airport Express
concourse
Customer service, drop-off area, toilets
Side platform, doors open on the left
Platform 1  Airport Express towards AsiaWorld-Expo (Tsing Yi)
Platform 2  Airport Express towards Hong Kong (Terminus)
Side platform, doors open on the left
Airport Express
concourse
Customer service, taxi stand, MTRshops, toilets
L4
Platforms
Platform 3  Tung Chung Line towards Tung Chung (Olympic)
Island platform, doors open on the right
Platform 4  Tung Chung Line towards Hong Kong (Terminus)
- Confined space Reserved for East Kowloon Line

As with other Airport Express stations, the Airport Express and Tung Chung line are separated by different concourses and different levels. Platform 2 is only used to allow travellers coming from the Hong Kong International Airport to alight except when they buy a Morning Express Ticket to Hong Kong and use Platform 2 on Mondays to Saturdays.[1]

Entrances/exits[edit]

Airport Express In-town Check In (G)
Tung Chung Line Concourse (G)

History[edit]

In construction stages of this station, the station was named West Kowloon Station (Chinese: 西九龍站).

On 16 September 2000, a new shopping mall called "Dickson CyberExpress" (Chinese: 迪生數碼世界) was opened by Dickson Poon. It consists of total 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2), with 4 levels of the station and 6 shopping area. However the mall was not expected to have influx of visitors as usual and businesses remain poor after operation. After half a year, the mall decided to shrink its size. The mall management company planned to decrease the level of the mall from 4 levels to 3 levels and to combine some of the shopping areas. Businesses in the mall still remains poor due to sparse population near the station and a recession during that time. The mall finally closed its operation in 2005.[2]

As this station was proposed as the terminus of the unbuilt East Kowloon Line, there is a reserved confined space under the Tung Chung Line platform. This space is not used because the alignment was changed and the Kowloon Point (to the south-east of the station) Reclamation Scheme was shelved.[3]

Apart from this station, people can also walk to Austin Station to take the West Rail Line trains. In the future, when the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link completes, passengers will be able to walk to the West Kowloon Terminus, the terminus of the rail link, to take the rail link.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kowloon Station layout". MTR Corporation. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dickson Warehouse at Kowloon Station". Archived from the original on 28 March 2005. 
  3. ^ http://www.thmalex.com/railway/chi/mtrtrip.html

External links[edit]