Nam Cheong Station

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Nam Cheong
南昌
Hong Kong MTR rapid transit station
Nam Cheong Station 2008.jpg
Nam Cheong Station Tung Chung Line platform No.4
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Location of Nam Cheong Station in Hong Kong
Station location and services
Lines  Tung Chung Line
 West Rail Line
Code NAC
District Sham Shui Po
Area Sham Shui Po
Coordinates 22°19′36″N 114°09′12″E / 22.3268°N 114.1533°E / 22.3268; 114.1533Coordinates: 22°19′36″N 114°09′12″E / 22.3268°N 114.1533°E / 22.3268; 114.1533
Map
Connections Bus, Minibus
Service hours 0605-0103
Station design
Livery  FFFF80
Structure Ground Level
Platforms 4
Type of platforms Side/Island
Exits 5
Escalators 32
Lifts 6
Events
Opened 20 December 2003
Rail services
Preceding station   MTR logo notext.svg MTR   Following station
towards Hung Hom
West Rail Line
towards Tuen Mun
towards Hong Kong
Tung Chung Line
towards Tung Chung

Nam Cheong Station
Chinese 南昌
Nam Cheong Station Concourse
West Rail Line platform No.1
Nam Cheong Station Exit C, right next to it is a subway

Nam Cheong is a Hong Kong MTR interchange station located at the ground level beneath West Kowloon Highway, Sham Shui Po, New Kowloon, opposite the Fu Cheong Estate. It is served by the Tung Chung Line and West Rail Line, providing cross-platform interchanges between Platform 1 (West Rail Line towards Tuen Mun) and Platform 4 (Tung Chung Line towards Hong Kong). The livery of Nam Cheong Station is pale yellow green.

Nam Cheong Station was originally the southern terminus of West Rail Line before the opening of Kowloon Southern Link on August 16, 2009. The Airport Express line passes between the tracks of Tung Chung Line without stopping at this station. A public transport interchange, located to the east of the station, allows for transfers to other modes of public transport. Architecture firm Aedas designed Nam Cheong Station. [1]

Although this station is on ground level, platform screen doors are still fitted.

History[edit]

Nam Cheong Station was called Yen Chow Street Station (after Yen Chow Street, a major thoroughfare in the area) in its planning stage. The station was subsequently renamed "Nam Cheong" after Nam Cheong Estate, a nearby public housing estate, which in turn is named after Nam Cheong Street (another thoroughfare). Nam Cheong Street was named after Mr. Chan Nam Cheong (陳南昌), a local philanthropist. As "Nam Cheong" is also the Cantonese-based transliteration for Nanchang, some sources mistakenly state that the station was named after the mainland Chinese city.

Works for Nam Cheong Station started on October 5, 2000, and was built by a joint venture formed by Balfour Beatty and Zen Pacific.[2] The station was opened for public use on December 16, 2003, coinciding with the pre-opening charity trial run day of the KCR West Rail (now West Rail Line), and the Tung Chung Line part of the station started operation. On December 20, the KCR West Rail officially commenced operation, and Nam Cheong became the southern terminus of the rail line.

Upon its completion, the station was a share-used integrated station between MTR and KCR, and the first integrated one between the two systems. The station concourse was divided into 2 parts (managed by the 2 rail operators respectively). Special transfer turnstiles were located between the 2 parts, enabling passengers paying with Octopus card to interchange between the 2 systems with just tapping the card once.

The operations of MTR and KCR merged on December 2, 2007, and the management of the station unified under MTRCL. Following the network-wide fare zone merger of the former MTR and KCR networks on September 28, 2009, the transfer turnstiles along with the barriers separating the two fare zones were removed, and cross-platform interchange is now provided between platform 1 (West Rail Line towards Tuen Mun) and platform 4 (Tung Chung Line towards Hong Kong); several passageways were opened between the two platforms. One of the wider passages is aligned with the fifth and sixth carriages of the Hong Kong bound trains on the Tung Chung Line side.

The Kowloon Southern Link (extension of West Rail Line) opened on August 16, 2009, and the West Rail Line was extended to Hung Hom on that day. Nam Cheong lost its status as the southern terminus of West Rail Line, and became an intermediate station for both Tung Chung and West Rail lines.

Station layout[edit]

1 First Floor Firemen and staff only (not open to public)
G
Ground
Platforms, Exits Transport interchange
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 3  Tung Chung Line towards Tung Chung (Lai King)
Airport Express  Airport Express does not stop here →
Airport Express  Airport Express does not stop here
Platform 4  Tung Chung Line towards Hong Kong (Olympic)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 1  West Rail Line towards Tuen Mun (Mei Foo)
Platform 2  West Rail Line towards Hung Hom (Austin)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
C
Concourse
Concourse Customer Service Centre, vending machines
Tickets/fare adjustment, shops, toilets
vending machines, ATMs

All four platforms are located at ground level. The platforms are curved because they were built around existing railways. However, the gaps are not very large.

Before the merge of fare systems on 28 September 2008, Octopus Card users transferring between the West Rail Line and Tung Chung Line had to use the transfer gates separating fare areas the MTR and KCR systems. Once the card is placed on the reader, the first section of journey fare will be deducted and passenger can walk over to the other fare area. Passengers who accidentally walk to the wrong area by mistake exit through the exit gates of current area (not the transfer gates) within 15 minutes or an extra fare was charged.

Entrances/exits[edit]

  • A: Fu Cheong Estate Wheelchair user access
  • B: Wholesale Food Market Wheelchair user access
  • C: Lin Cheung Road
  • D1: Nam Cheong Estate
  • D2: (Temporarily closed until 2019)

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