Fo Tan Station

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Fo Tan
火炭
MTR
MTR rapid transit station
Fo Tan Station Exit.jpg
Exit B
Location Lok King Street, Fo Tan
Sha Tin District, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°23′43″N 114°11′54″E / 22.3953°N 114.1982°E / 22.3953; 114.1982Coordinates: 22°23′43″N 114°11′54″E / 22.3953°N 114.1982°E / 22.3953; 114.1982
Owned by Kowloon–Canton Railway Corporation
Operated by MTR Corporation
Line(s)
Platforms 4 (island platforms)
Tracks 3
Connections Bus, public light bus
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Platform levels 1
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened
  • 15 February 1985 (1985-02-15)
Services
Preceding station   MTR logo.svg MTR   Following station
towards Hung Hom
East Rail Line
towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Fo Tan
Location within the MTR system
Fo Tan Station
Chinese 火炭站
Literal meaning fire-charcoal station

Fo Tan Station is a station on the East Rail Line of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system in Hong Kong. It is located in the Fo Tan area of Sha Tin District, between Sha Tin and University stations.

The passenger station serves some apartment buildings, villages, and a medium-sized industrial zone, as well as the Fo Tan Railway House (zh) of the MTRC. During rush hour, some northbound trains terminate at this station before departing southwards. Some trains do not run through this station on race days, and are instead diverted to stop at Racecourse Station.

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1985, two years after the total electrification of the railway. It was featured at the end of the 1989 film Mr Coconut, starring Tony Leung Ka-Fai.

Fo Tan Goods Yard[edit]

In addition, two tracks spur off at the northeast of the station, and lead into a goods yard north of the station. The station goods yard is considered[who?] to be well utilised, with freight trains stopping regularly.[needs update]

Timetable[edit]

Line Destination First train Last train
East Rail Line Lok Ma Chau 05:40 21:51
Lo Wu 05:37 23:23
Sheung Shui 00:41
Hung Hom 05:59 00:54
Source: MTR[1]

Station layout[edit]

The station has three tracks, with two island platforms between.

Trains normally stop at platforms 1 and 4. The centre track is used in these occasions:

  • for special southbound departures during morning peak hours,
  • for southbound stopping when there are trains heading to/from the depot, or Racecourse station during race days, or
  • to serve as a buffer so that non-stop through trains can overtake local trains.
Concourses Southern Concourse Exit A & B, Customer Service Centre
Shops, vending machines, ATMs & toilets
Northern Concourse Exit C & D, Customer Service Centre
Shops, vending machines & ATMs
Platforms
(G/F)
Platform 1      East Rail Line towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau (University)
Island platform, doors will open on the right for platform 1 and left for platform 2
Platform 2 ↑      East Rail Line towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau (University)
(For special northbound departures during specific time.)
Platform 3 ↓      East Rail Line towards Hung Hom (Sha Tin)
(For special southbound departures during specific time.)
Island platform, doors will open on the left for platform 3 and right for platform 4
Platform 4      East Rail Line towards Hung Hom (Sha Tin)

[2]

Entrances/exits[edit]

Fo Tan Railway House

Originally, the southern concourse was the only concourse in this station. Because the two concourses were built in separate years, they were not originally interconnected. MTR renovated the station in 2015, connecting the two concourses in the process. The new link opened on 12 December 2015.[3]

Southern concourse[4]
Northern concourse[4]
  • C: The Palazzo
    • The Palazzo, Ficus Garden, Immigration and Registration of Persons, Jubilee Court, Jubilee Garden, Lok Lo Ha Village, Plaza Ascot, Royal Ascot
  • D: Au Pui Wan Street

Transport interchange[edit]

Number Termini
KMB
85 Fo Tan (Shan Mei Street) ↔ Kowloon City Ferry Pier
88K Royal AscotHin King
Other routes: 73A, 80M, 81K
NWFB
798 Fo Tan (Shan Mei Street) ↔ Tiu Keng Leng Station
Public light bus
65K Fo Tan Station ↔ Wong Nai Tau
801K Yiu On ↺ Fo Tan Station
Other routes: 801, 811, 811A

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fo Tan Station timetable" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fo Tan Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "MTR Listening‧Responding Programme Brings New Look to Fo Tan Station Two Concourses Become One" (PDF). MTR Corporation. 11 December 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Fo Tan Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 17 November 2014.