Tsuen Wan Station

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Tsuen Wan
荃灣
Tsuen Wan Station 2013 10 part2.JPG
Platform 2
Station statistics
Address Sai Lau Kok Road/Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan, Tsuen Wan District, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°22′25″N 114°07′04″E / 22.3736°N 114.1178°E / 22.3736; 114.1178Coordinates: 22°22′25″N 114°07′04″E / 22.3736°N 114.1178°E / 22.3736; 114.1178
Line(s)  Tsuen Wan Line
Connections Bus, public light bus
Structure type At-grade
Levels 1
Platforms 2 (side platforms)
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened 10 May 1982 (1982-05-10)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code TSW
Owned by MTR Corporation
Operator MTR Corporation
Services
Preceding station   MTR   Following station
towards Central
Tsuen Wan Line Terminus
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Tsuen Wan Station
Traditional Chinese 荃灣
Simplified Chinese 荃湾
Concourse

Tsuen Wan is the northern terminus of the MTR Tsuen Wan Line in Hong Kong. It is the only station on the Tsuen Wan Line at ground level. It is located in the northern central part of Tsuen Wan New Town, New Territories West. The following station is Tai Wo Hau.

It was the westernmost station in the MTR system until the opening of the Airport Station in 1998. It was also the northernmost station in the MTR system until the MTR–KCR merger.

Early history[edit]

The station opened as part of the line opening on May 10, 1982. It was designed as an intermediate station using two side platforms, with trains terminating at Tsuen Wan West, further northwest near Tsuen King Garden, different from the present West Rail Line Tsuen Wan West Station. The area around the proposed terminus had a poor development record and it was decided to not build a station there, even though tracks had already been laid. This explains why the station uses different platforms for loading and unloading. After leaving the unloading platform, trains enter the section of track beyond the station to proceed to the Tsuen Wan Depot or reverse back to the loading platform to go towards Central.

During the construction of the station, Route Twisk was diverted. The famous Sam Tung Uk walled village was also relocated, though it was later preserved as a museum.

New roads and shopping centres were set up around the station, and a private housing estate was also built directly above the station. A bus interchange was set up under one of the shopping centres.

Usage[edit]

The usage of the station was not very high when it opened in 1982 as the station was located in the northern edge of Tsuen Wan town and the connecting infrastructure was incomplete, making it difficult to attract residents in the town centre to take the MTR.

With over 20 years of development, the area around the station gradually took over as the town centre. Several shopping malls were constructed near the station, and an extensive footbridge network was built to connect to nearby shopping malls, the original town centre, and some villages to the north. The station also acts as an important transportation interchange, with numerous bus routes serving near the station. People in northwest New Territories used to change take buses to Tsuen Wan to ride on the MTR before the West Rail Line opened in 2002.

Refurbishment[edit]

The station was refurbished twice. In the early 1990s, a Chinese-style design was introduced inside the station. This design was completely removed after the second refurbishment in 2004, where more shops were set up in the station, a common practice of MTR station refurbishments in the 2000s). Gates were relocated to handle more passengers.

Timetable[edit]

Line Destination First train Last train
Tsuen Wan Central 06:00 00:30
Source: [1]

Station layout[edit]

Platforms 1 and 2 are both located at ground level, and the tracks are located right next to each other. One platform is used for boarding and the other is used for alighting. Two new exits have been built next to Platform 1, allowing passengers to leave the station without going up the escalators and coming back down again. Passengers entering the station via these exists will have to take an escalator up to the concourse, cross to the other side for the down escalator for Platform 2.

- Shopping Mall
Residential Area/
Flyover
Tsuen Kam Centre, Luk Yeung Sun Chuen, Luk Yeung Galleria (last two on opposite side)
Tai Ho Road North
U1
Concourse
Concourse Exits A-C, customer service, MTRshops
Hang Seng Bank, vending machines, automatic teller machines
Octopus promotion machine
G
Platforms
(Ground)
Exits Exit D, E, Public light bus stops
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 1  Tsuen Wan Line termination platform →
Platform 2  Tsuen Wan Line towards Central (Tai Wo Hau)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Depot MTR Tsuen Wan Depot

[2]

Entrances and exits[edit]

Concourse (U1)
  • A1: New Town Mall Wheelchair user access
  • A2: New Town Mall
  • A3/A4: Bus Terminus
  • B1/B2: Fou Wah Centre
  • B3:Sai Lau Kok Road
  • C: Luk Yeung Sun Chuen[3]
Tsuen Wan Line termination platform (Ground)
  • D: Green Minibus Stop
  • E: Sam Tung Uk Museum Wheelchair user access[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tsuen Wan Station timetable". MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tsuen Wan Station layout". MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Tsuen Wan Station street map". MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.