Lo Wu Station

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This article is about a rapid transit station in Hong Kong. For the rapid transit station in Shenzhen with the same Chinese name, see Luohu Station.
Lo Wu
羅湖
Hong Kong MTR rapid transit station
Lo Wu Station 2014 04 part1.JPG
Lo Wu Station Platform 2
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Location of Lo Wu Station in Hong Kong
Station location and services
Line  East Rail Line
Code LOW
District North
Area Lo Wu
Coordinates 22°31′42″N 114°06′48″E / 22.5283°N 114.1134°E / 22.5283; 114.1134Coordinates: 22°31′42″N 114°06′48″E / 22.5283°N 114.1134°E / 22.5283; 114.1134
Map
Service hours 0638/0030
Station design
Livery  90EE90
Structure Ground Level
Platforms 4
Type of platforms Side (1,4)/ Island (2,3)
Exits 2
Escalators 4
Lifts 2
Shops 3
Ridership 240,000 daily entries and exits (2012)[1]
Events
Opened 14 October 1949
Rail services
Preceding station   MTR logo notext.svg MTR   Following station
towards Hung Hom
East Rail Line Terminus
  Across Hong Kong boundary  
Preceding station   Shenzhen Metro   Following station
toward Airport East
Luobao
Transfer at: Luohu
Terminus

Lo Wu Station
Traditional Chinese 羅湖
Simplified Chinese 罗湖

Lo Wu Station is the northern terminus of the East Rail Line (Kowloon-Canton Railway) of Hong Kong, located in Lo Wu within the Closed Area on Hong Kong's northern frontier. The station serves as a primary checkpoint for rail passengers between Hong Kong and mainland China and vice-versa, rather than serving a specific residential/commercial area like the other stations do. It is also the northernmost railway station in Hong Kong.

When the Kowloon-Canton Railway first went into service, trains did not stop at Lo Wu, as there was no border patrol at the time.[2] However, shortly after the People's Republic of China was created in October 1949, the KCR announced that trains would terminate at Lo Wu, and that passengers would be able to cross the border on foot.

Refurbishment work of the station started in 2002 and new facilities such as a group waiting area and new ticket gates were introduced. Since 28 December 2004, this station also serves as the interchange station for the Shenzhen Metro Luohu station, which shares the same Chinese name.

This station is also unique to rail systems of any kind in that sliding doors limit the number of people that are allowed on the platform. Two large glass sliding doors close after about a minute elapses from the time the train pulls in for boarding. These doors are located after the area for validating at the ticket barriers, but before the platforms area. Even with this system in place, passengers may have to wait for the next train to arrive before they can travel back towards Hung Hom, as alternate trains pull into each paired platform. This layout makes use of the Spanish solution.

Entrances/exits[edit]

The station has three exits:

  • The Lo Wu Immigration Control Point, where passengers would enter Mainland China. Passengers must have valid travel documents to use this exit.
  • Two exits out to Lo Wu area, guarded by a police officer. To use this exit one must possess a Lo Wu Resident Card or a Closed Area Entry Permit, which must be obtained at the Sheung Shui Police Station in Fanling.
    • A1: Tak Yuet Lau, Liu Pok Village
    • A2: Lo Wu Village, Sandy Ridge Cemetery

Station layout[edit]

Footbridge Upper Level Concourse
(Mainland China to HK)
Hong Kong Immigration Department and Customs and Excise Department checkpoints, Customer Service, HK Tourism Commission Office, Starbucks Coffee
Ground/Footbridge Lower Level Concourse
(HK to Mainland China)
Fare adjustment, Immigration Department and Customs and Excise Department checkpoints, duty-free shop, Lo Wu resident exit
Platforms
- Track for Intercity trains
Side platform (inbound), doors will open on the right
Platform 1 ↑  East Rail Line towards Hung Hom (1) (Sheung Shui)
 East Rail Line termination platform (2) →
Platform 2 ↓
Island platform (outbound), doors will open on the left for platform 2 and right for platform 3
Platform 3 ↑  East Rail Line termination platform (3) →
 East Rail Line towards Hung Hom (4) (Sheung Shui)
Platform 4 ↓
Side platform (inbound), doors will open on the left

Platforms 1 and 4 were newly built in recent years to accommodate the increasing patronage. Before the completion of refurbishment works, trains would stop at the island platform for simultaneous alighting and boarding. The platform was always crowded during the time. The building of platform 4 and converting platform 1 (which was rarely used before the refurbishment) for boarding smoothed passenger flow. Ever since, trains have been emptied with doors opened towards platforms 2 and 3 for passengers getting off; afterwards, the doors were opened to platforms 1 and 4 for boarding passengers.

This particular system of loading/unloading is popular in Europe and many US subway systems and named the Spanish solution.

The busy Lo Wu Station during night time
Lo Wu/Luohu Border Crossing (Shenzhen side)
Lo Wu Resident Exit
Lo Wu Station viewed from Shenzhen side
Lo Wu Station Platform 2 and 3.
(5 January 2008)

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References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Lo Wu Station at Wikimedia Commons