Mei Foo Station

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Mei Foo
美孚
MTR MEF (10).JPG
Station exterior (West Rail Line building near exit G)
Station statistics
Address Lai Wan Road, Lai Chi Kok, Sham Shui Po District, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°20′17″N 114°08′15″E / 22.3381°N 114.1376°E / 22.3381; 114.1376Coordinates: 22°20′17″N 114°08′15″E / 22.3381°N 114.1376°E / 22.3381; 114.1376
Line(s)  Tsuen Wan Line
 West Rail Line
Connections Bus, public light bus
Structure type Underground
Platforms 4 (island platform (Tsuen Wan), side platforms (West Rail))
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened 17 May 1982 (1982-05-17) (Tsuen Wan Line)
20 December 2003 (2003-12-20) (West Rail Line)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code MEF
Owned by MTR Corporation (Tsuen Wan), Kowloon–Canton Railway Corporation (West Rail)
Operator MTR Corporation
Formerly Lai Wan
Services
Preceding station   MTR   Following station
towards Central
Tsuen Wan Line
towards Tsuen Wan
towards Hung Hom
West Rail Line
towards Tuen Mun
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Mei Foo Station
Chinese 美孚
Literal meaning Gracious Confidence
Tsuen Wan Line platform
West Rail Line platform

Mei Foo is a Hong Kong MTR station located in Mei Foo Sun Chuen, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon. It is an interchange station between the Tsuen Wan Line and the West Rail Line, situated between Lai Chi Kok and Lai King stations on the Tsuen Wan Line and Nam Cheong Station and Tsuen Wan West stations on the West Rail Line. Mei Foo Station's livery is blue.

The Tsuen Wan Line part of the station is a simple through station with a central island platform, located under Mount Sterling Mall, a pedestrian-only street between the rows of residential buildings in Mei Foo Sun Chuen housing estate. The station is designed to facilitate the transportation of the residents of Mei Foo Sun Chuen housing estate, which has nearly 100 buildings and several schools, and eventually became the station between the Kowloon urban area and the new town of Tsuen Wan. If there is heavy traffic on the main road into urban Kowloon, the Kwai Chung Road, many commuters get off their buses and use this station as their link to Central.

History[edit]

The station's original name was Lai Chi Kok during the planning stage, but upon its opening in 1982 the station was called "Lai Wan"[1] (荔灣, meaning Lai Chi Kok Bay), and was renamed to its current name in 1985.

The West Rail Line (then known as KCR West Rail) part of the station was opened on 20 December 2003 along with the rail line. The station is located in the middle of Lai Chi Kok Park, slightly to the west of the Tsuen Wan Line's part of the station. The scenery of the park was greatly destroyed during the construction of the station, but the park was subsequently rebuilt over the station complex. The Tsuen Wan Line and West Rail Line stations merged into one station on 2 December 2007 in the MTR-KCR merger. Architecture firm Aedas designed Mei Foo Station.[2]

Faregates between West Rail Line and Tsuen Wan Line out-of-use after merger

Timetable[edit]

Line Destination First train Last train
Tsuen Wan Central 06:10 00:40
Tsuen Wan 06:25 01:13
West Rail Hung Hom 06:10 00:40
Tuen Mun 06:03 00:35
Source: [3]

Station layout[edit]

R
Roof
Roof garden Exit G, Lai Chi Kok Park, footbridge to Ching Lai Court, Lai King Hill Road
C
Concourse
West Rail Line
concourse
Exit F, customer services, washrooms
MTRShops, vending machines, ATMs
P
Platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 1  West Rail Line towards Tuen Mun (Tsuen Wan West)
Platform 2  West Rail Line towards Hung Hom (Nam Cheong)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
G
Ground
Interchange passageway Exit D, Lai Chi Kok Park, Lai Wan Road
Tsuen Wan Line Concourse Exit A, B, C, E, Lai Wan Road, Mei Foo Sun Chuen
L1
Subway
Subway Interchange passageway connecting West Rail Line
and Tsuen Wan Line Concourses
L2
Concourse
Tsuen Wan Line
concourse
Customer Service, MTRShops
Hang Seng Bank, vending machine, ATMs
Octopus promotion machine
L3
Platforms
Platform 1  Tsuen Wan Line towards Tsuen Wan (Lai King)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2  Tsuen Wan Line towards Central (Lai Chi Kok)

[4] Both  Tsuen Wan Line platforms share the same island platform. Unlike Nam Cheong Station, the  Tsuen Wan Line and  West Rail Line platforms are considerably far apart. The concourses for these platforms are a five to ten-minute walk along a connecting passageway.

Although the West Rail Line platform is constructed on ground level, the track immediately north and south of the station is underground, which is why the station is covered and sealed off from the outside.

Entrances/exits[edit]

  • A Broadway
  • B: Mount Sterling Mall
  • C1: Lai Wan Road
  • C2: Humbert Street Wheelchair user access
  • D: Lai Chi Kok Park (Lai Wan Road) Wheelchair user access
  • E: Lai Wan Road Wheelchair user access
  • F: Lai Chi Kok Park Wheelchair user access
  • G: Lai King Hill Road[5]

Transport connections[edit]

Bus routes[edit]

Mei Foo is a transportation hub due to its geographic location in the north-western end of Kowloon. All bus routes travelling between the suburbs of Tuen Mun, Tsuen Wan, Kwai Chung, Tsing Yi and Yuen Long in northwestern Hong Kong and the urban area of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island have to pass through Mei Foo. Major routes with stop at the "Mei Foo Railway Station" bus stop (Exit B for Kowloon bound buses and Exit A for New Territories bound buses) include: 30, 30X, 33A, 35S, 36A, 37, 38P, 40, 41, 41A, 42, 42A, 43C, 44, 44S, 45, 46, 52X, 58X, 59A, 59S, 59X, 60X, 63X, 66, 66X, 67X, 68X, 69X, 234P, 234X, 238P, 238X, 265B, E21, E21A, N21, N21A, N241 etc.[6]

Additionally, the following bus routes terminate at Mei Foo bus terminus (Exit A) or the nearby Lai Chi Kok (formerly Lai Yuen) bus terminus: To Lok Wah Estate, Kwun Tong:

  • 2A

To Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui:

  • 6, 6A

To Kowloon City Ferry Pier:

  • 6C

To Riviera Gardens, Tsuen Wan:

  • 38A

To Hin Keng Estate, Tai Wai:

  • 46X, 86B

To Wong Nai Tau, Shatin:

  • 86

To Hang Hau (North):

  • 98C, 98S

To Shau Kei Wan:

  • 102, N122

To South Horizons:

  • 171

To Kennedy Town:

  • 904

To Wan Chai Ferry Pier:

  • 905

To Kwai Shing:

  • N237

To Tuen Mun Ferry Pier:

  • N260

To Tin Tsz:

  • N269

Minibus routes[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Tsuen Wan Line concourse 
West Rail Line concourse 
Interchange passageway 
Train to Central, platform 2 
Exit A 
Exit D 

References[edit]