Kowloon station (MTR)

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Kowloon
九龍
MTR
MTR rapid transit station
Kowloon Waterfront, Hong Kong, 2013-08-09, DD 03.jpg
Exits C2 (right) and D2 (left), in Union Square
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 九龍
Simplified Chinese 九龙
Cantonese Yale Gáulùng
Literal meaning Nine dragons
General information
Location Union Square, West Kowloon
Yau Tsim Mong District, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°18′18″N 114°09′41″E / 22.3049°N 114.1615°E / 22.3049; 114.1615Coordinates: 22°18′18″N 114°09′41″E / 22.3049°N 114.1615°E / 22.3049; 114.1615
Operated by MTR Corporation
Line(s)
Platforms 4 (island platform and 2 side platforms)
Connections Bus, public light bus
Construction
Structure type Underground
Platform levels 2
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code KOW
History
Opened
  • 22 June 1998 (1998-06-22) (Tung Chung Line)
  • 6 July 1998 (1998-07-06) (Airport Express)
Services
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
Hong Kong
Terminus
Airport Express Tsing Yi
Tung Chung line Olympic
towards Tung Chung
Route map

1
3
L4
2
4
L2
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Kowloon
Location within the MTR system
The long escalator
Airport Express check-in desk, from Elements
Platform 1 (Airport Express)
Platform 3 (Tung Chung Line)

Kowloon (Chinese: 九龍; Cantonese Yale: Gáulùng) is a station on the Tung Chung Line and the Airport Express of Hong Kong's MTR. The station provides in-town check-in service for passengers departing from the Hong Kong International Airport and free shuttle bus services to most major hotels in the Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei areas.

The station is located less than two hundred meters west of the Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link Hong Kong section West Kowloon Terminus, five hundred meters west of Austin Station on the West Rail Line and a kilometre west of Jordan Station on the Tsuen Wan Line.

Escalators link Elements directly with the station concourse.

History[edit]

The station was designed by TFP Farrells.[1] During the planning stage, it was called West Kowloon Station (西九龍站).

On 16 September 2000, the new shopping mall "Dickson CyberExpress" (迪生數碼世界) was opened by Dickson Poon. The size was 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2) spread over four levels of the station with six shopping areas.[2] However, the mall did not have the expected volume of customers and business was weak. After half a year, the mall shrank in size. The mall's management company planned to decrease the level of the mall from 4 levels to 3 levels and to combine some of the shopping areas.[3] Business remained poor due to sparse population near the station and a recession at that time. The mall finally closed its operation in 2005.[4]

The station was proposed as the terminus of the unbuilt East Kowloon Line; the proposal indicated using a reserved confined space under the Tung Chung Line platforms.[5]

The station is connected via footbridges to Austin Station on the West Rail Line. In the future, the station will be connected to West Kowloon Terminus of the Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link Hong Kong section.

Station layout[edit]

As in other Airport Express stations, the Airport Express and the Tung Chung Line have separated paid areas. Platform 2 is for alighting passengers from Hong Kong International Airport only, except during morning hours from Monday to Saturday for boarding passengers traveling on the line to Hong Kong Station using a Morning Express Ticket.[6]

U5
Residential and
commercial area
Exits, Union Square, The Waterfront, Sorrento
The HarbourSide, The Arch, International Commerce Centre, The Cullinan
U4
Tung Chung Line
concourse
Exit, Elements mall
U3 Airport Express
concourse
Exit, Elements mall
Tung Chung Line
concourse
Exit, Elements mall, escalator to U5
G Airport Express
check-in
Customer service, drop-off area, in-town check-in, left luggage
MTRshops, vending machines, toilets, police post
Tung Chung Line
concourse
Exits, customer service, car park, toilet
Airport Express shuttle bus, public transport interchange
MTRshops, Hang Seng Bank, automatic teller machines
L2
Platforms
Airport Express
concourse
Customer service, drop-off area, toilets
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 1      Airport Express towards Airport and AsiaWorld–Expo (Tsing Yi)
Platform 2      Airport Express from Airport and AsiaWorld–Expo (Hong Kong/Terminus)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Airport Express
concourse
Customer service, taxi stand, MTRshops, toilets
L4
Platforms
Platform 3      Tung Chung line towards Tung Chung (Olympic)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 4      Tung Chung line towards Hong Kong (Terminus)
- Confined space Reserved for East Kowloon Line

[7]

Entrances and exits[edit]

Airport Express In-town Check In (G)[8]
Tung Chung Line Concourse (G)[8]

Transport connections[edit]

Bus routes[edit]

The following bus routes terminate at the Kowloon Railway Station Bus Terminus. To reach the terminus, one must use the exits to the Elements mall and follow the signs in the mall. Since the opening of Elements, the route from Exit A is reserved for the car park only.

Route Destination Notes
8 Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry via Ho Man Tin & Hung Hom
11 Diamond Hill Station via To Kwa Wan & Lower Wong Tai Sin Estate
203E Choi Hung via Mong Kok, Kowloon City, Wong Tai Sin, Fu Shan
215X Lam Tin (Kwong Tin Estate) via Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon Bay, Kwun Tong
281A Kwong Yuen via Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Mong Kok, Prince Edward, Kowloon Tong
296D Sheung Tak via Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon Bay

Jordan (To Wah Road) Bus Terminus, which hosts bus routes to different parts of Kowloon and New Territories, is also located near the station. People can reach the terminus by a short five-minute walk from Kowloon Railway Station Bus Terminus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hong Kong / Kowloon Station Development – Transport Super City". Fundamentally Hong Kong? Delta Four 1984 - 2044. Venice Biennale (Hong Kong). Archived from the original on 16 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Leung, Ambrose (12 Sep 2000). "Dickson CyberExpress, the physical mall of the online luxury shopping portal Dickson Cyber.com, is to be launched on Saturday by Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa". South China Morning Post. p. 2. 
  3. ^ Tsang, Denise (2 March 2001). "Dickson in moves to enliven its mall". South China Morning Post. 
  4. ^ "Dickson Warehouse at Kowloon Station". Archived from the original on 25 March 2004. 
  5. ^ http://www.thmalex.com/railway/chi/mtrtrip.html
  6. ^ 港鐵公司. "機場快綫列車服務 - 免費服務 - 免費市區預辦登機服務" (in Chinese). 港鐵公司. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  7. ^ "Kowloon Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Kowloon Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 

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