Lok Ma Chau Station

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This article is about the MTR station in the area. For the vehicle border crossing in the area, see Lok Ma Chau Control Point.
Lok Ma Chau
落馬洲
Hong Kong MTR rapid transit station
Lok Ma Chau Station 2013 07 part1.JPG
Lok Ma Chau Station's platform
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Location of Lok Ma Chau Station in Hong Kong
Station location and services
Line  East Rail Line
Code LMC
District Yuen Long
Area Lok Ma Chau
Coordinates 22°30′52″N 114°03′57″E / 22.5144°N 114.0657°E / 22.5144; 114.0657Coordinates: 22°30′52″N 114°03′57″E / 22.5144°N 114.0657°E / 22.5144; 114.0657
Map
Service hours 0638-2255
Station design
Livery  A2D0B9
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2
Type of platforms Island
Exits 2
Ridership 60,000 daily entries and exits (2012)[1]
Events
Opened 15 August 2007
Rail services
Preceding station   MTR   Following station
towards Hung Hom
East Rail Line Terminus
  Across Hong Kong boundary  
Preceding station   Shenzhen Metro   Following station
toward Qinghu
Longhua
Transfer at: Futian Checkpoint
Terminus

Lok Ma Chau Station
Traditional Chinese 落馬洲
Immigration counters for people leaving Hong Kong for mainland China's Futian Port in Huanggang, Shenzhen.
The double-decked Lok Ma Chau-Huanggang bridge across the Sham Chun River which forms the border between mainland China (far side of the river) and Hong Kong (foreground). The building to the left is Lok Ma Chau Station and border checkpoint.

Lok Ma Chau is the northwestern terminus in Lok Ma Chau on the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line, a branch line of the East Rail Line of Hong Kong's MTR network, which was built to alleviate the immigration checkpoint between Hong Kong and mainland China's Shenzhen at Lo Wu Station. The MTR Corporation is promoting the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line as a direct connection with Longhua Line (Line 4) of the Shenzhen Metro which is also operated by the MTR Corporation.

This station, together with the spur line, opened on the afternoon of 15 August 2007. The adjoining Futian Port Station of the Shenzhen Metro opened on 28 June 2007. Like Lo Wu Station, this station is located in the Frontier Closed Area, hence access is restricted to passengers with a permit or a passport and visa to mainland China.

In December 2007, this station was leased to the MTR Corporation, along with the entire KCR network, by the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, for a period of 50 years.

Station layout[edit]

L3 Ticket office Ticket machines, shops, automatic teller machines
L2 Footbridge Footbridge (Mainland China to Hong Kong)
Arrival hall Hong Kong Immigration Department and Customs and Excise Department checkpoints, shops, washrooms
Platform 2  East Rail Line towards Hung Hom (Sheung Shui)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Platform 1  East Rail Line towards Hung Hom (Sheung Shui)
L1 Footbridge Footbridge to mainland China's Shenzhen Futian Immigration Control Point
Departure hall Hong Kong Immigration Department and Customs Checkpoints, shops
Lower concourse Fare adjustment, shops, automatic teller machines, washrooms
Ground - Exits, transport interchange

Lok Ma Chau Spur Line Control Point[edit]

The Lok Ma Chau Spur Line Control Point (Chinese: 落馬洲支線管制站) is an immigration control point connected with the Lok Ma Chau Station. It is the second control point along the land border of Hong Kong to have a railway access. The control point is connected via a pedestrian footbridge to the Futian Port, an immigration port of entry of the PRC, and from there to Shenzhen Metro's Futiankouan Station.

The control point was opened on 15 August 2007 together with the opening of the KCR Lok Ma Chau Spur Line between Lok Ma Chau and Sheung Shui Station. The crossing consists of a cable-stay double-deck pedestrian bridge across the Sham Chun River, which forms the border between Hong Kong and the rest of the PRC. The lower deck handles pedestrians heading from Hong Kong to Futian Port, while the upper deck handles those coming from Futian Port to Hong Kong. Immigration facilities are located within the station building on both ends of the bridge. Electricity to the Hong Kong half of the bridge is provided by CLP Power, and Hong Kong's jurisdiction and law enforcement on the bridge also terminate at the midpoint, as on the Lo Wu Bridge.

The control point is open between 06:30 and 22:30, unlike the 24-hour Lok Ma Chau Control Point nearby.

Although the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line Control Point is often referred to as a railway crossing, it is in fact a pedestrian crossing, unlike the Lo Wu Control Point, where no bus or any other public transport can reach. Furthermore, there is no through-train service, as the railway line is not connected with the railways in mainland China. And although the bulk of the users are train passengers, the Lok Ma Chau pedestrian crossing can also be reached by bus, taxi and mini bus from various parts of the New Territories.

The Lok Ma Chau transport interchange is located to the east of Lok Ma Chau station and is connected with the station via footbridges. The entrance and exit between the station and the interchange are guarded by the police as the area is located within the Frontier Closed Area. KMB bus routes B1, N277, N76, 76K, and 276B all service this interchange point.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LCQ6 Annex II – Services of MTR East Rail Line and Ma On Shan Line and KMB in North District: Patronage and Train Loading of the MTR East Rail Line and Ma On Shan Line in the Past Five Years". HKSAR Government. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 

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