Tai Koo Station

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Tai Koo
太古
Tai Koo Station 2014 02 part1.JPG
Platform 1
Station statistics
Address King's Road, Quarry Bay, Eastern District, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°17′05″N 114°12′58″E / 22.2846°N 114.2161°E / 22.2846; 114.2161Coordinates: 22°17′05″N 114°12′58″E / 22.2846°N 114.2161°E / 22.2846; 114.2161
Line(s)  Island Line
Connections Bus, public light bus, tram
Structure type Underground
Levels 1
Platforms 2 (island platform)
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened 31 May 1985 (1985-05-31)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code TAK
Owned by MTR Corporation
Operator MTR Corporation
Services
Preceding station   MTR logo notext.svg MTR   Following station
towards Sheung Wan
Island Line
towards Chai Wan
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Tai Koo Station
Chinese 太古
Literal meaning Archean / Swire / Too old

Tai Koo (Chinese: 太古) is a station on the Island Line of the Hong Kong MTR system. The station is located in Kornhill, Quarry Bay on Hong Kong Island and serves the area of Kornhill, including Kornhill Gardens, and Taikoo Shing. Tai Koo has a unique colour scheme; its livery is crimson. Tai Koo station is one of the busiest stations in the system.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The Chinese name of the station can mean Archean. However, the station was named after Taikoo Shing, which was built on the former site of Taikoo Docks. The docks were in turn named after Swire, which its Chinese name also being 太古.

The Island Line opening ceremony was held in this station in May 1985 and was officiated by then-MTR chairman Sir Wilfrid Newton and Governor of Hong Kong Sir Edward Youde, who unveiled the commemorative plaques at the concourse level. The station is built in what was, at the time of its construction, the largest man-made cavern in Asia.[1]

Timetable[edit]

Line Destination First train Last train
Island Sheung Wan 06:03 00:43
Chai Wan 06:22 01:13
Source: [2]

Station layout[edit]

Tai Koo adheres to the general layout of most MTR stations. At ground level, there are numerous alphanumerically-named entrances and exits.

Platforms 1 and 2 are arranged in the simple island platform layout. Unlike most of the other underground stations on the Island Line, Tai Koo does not have separate tubes for each track and platform as the station was built in the cut and cover method. This means that although there are escalators and stairs in the middle of the platform, it has an open design and the platforms are not separated. Each platform is equipped with platform screen doors for safety and ventilation reasons.

G
Ground
- Exits
C
Concourse
Concourse customer service, MTRShops
vending machines, ATM
Octopus promotion machine
P
Platform
Platform 1  Island Line towards Chai Wan (Sai Wan Ho)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2  Island Line towards Sheung Wan (Quarry Bay)

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Entrances/exits[edit]

There are five groups of entrances and exits at Tai Koo station labeled A to E. In certain circumstances, there are subsets of these exit groups; these are marked with numbers.[4]

  • A: at the northeast corner of King's Road and Kornhill Road
  • B: opposite the intersection of King's Road and Kornhill Road, for Kornhill blocks N-R
  • C: between Kornhill Road and Hong On Street, for Kornhill blocks A-M and Kornhill Plaza South
  • D: between King's Road and Taikoo Shing Road
    • D1: for Cityplaza, One Island East and East Hong Kong Handicapped/disabled access
    • D2: for Cityplaza
  • E: at northeastern corner of Kornhill Gardens at King's Road
    • E1: for Cityplaza
    • E2: for Kornhill Gardens blocks 5-6
    • E3: for Kornhill Gardens blocks 7-10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forsyth, Neil, dir. Underground Pride. Mass Transit Railway Corporation, 1990. Film. 21 Nov 2013. Watch on Youtube.
  2. ^ "Tai Koo Station timetable". MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tai Koo Station layout". MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Tai Koo Station street map". MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.