Nam Cheong station

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Nam Cheong

南昌
MTR
MTR rapid transit station
Nam Cheong Station Tung Chung Line platforms 2021 06 part4.jpg
Platform 4 of Nam Cheong station in June 2021
Chinese name
Chinese南昌
Cantonese YaleNàamchēung
Literal meaningSouth(wards) thriving
General information
LocationWest Kowloon Highway near Fu Cheong Estate, Sham Shui Po
Sham Shui Po District, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°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
Owned by
Operated byMTR Corporation
Line(s)
Platforms
Tracks6
Connections
Construction
Structure type
Platform levels1
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeNAC
History
Opened
Services
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
Austin
towards Wu Kai Sha
Tuen Ma line Mei Foo
towards Tuen Mun
Olympic
towards Hong Kong
Tung Chung line Lai King
towards Tung Chung
     Airport Express does not stop here
Track layout
E
emergency
platform
3
1
4
2
E
emergency
platform
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Nam Cheong
Location within the MTR system

Nam Cheong is a MTR interchange station located at ground level beneath West Kowloon Highway, in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong opposite the Fu Cheong Estate. It is served by the Tung Chung line and Tuen Ma line and provides cross-platform interchange between platform 1 (Tuen Ma 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 the West Rail line before the opening of Kowloon Southern Link on 16 August 2009. The Airport Express passes between the tracks of the 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 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 5 October 2000; the station was built by a joint venture formed by Balfour Beatty and Zen Pacific.[2] The station was opened for public use on 16 December 2003, coinciding with the pre-opening charity trial run day of the KCR West Rail (later West Rail line), and the Tung Chung line part of the station started operation. On 20 December, 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 shared-use integrated station between MTR and KCR, and the first integrated one between the two systems. The station concourse was divided into two parts (managed by the two rail operators respectively). Special transfer turnstiles were located between the two parts, enabling passengers paying with Octopus card to interchange between the two systems by tapping their card just once.

The operations of MTR and KCR merged on 2 December 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 28 September 2008, 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 platform.

The Kowloon Southern Link extension of West Rail line opened on 16 August 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.

On 27 June 2021, the West Rail line officially merged with the Ma On Shan line (which was already extended into the Tuen Ma line Phase 1 at the time) in East Kowloon to form the new Tuen Ma line, as part of the Shatin to Central link project. Hence, Nam Cheong was included in the project and is now an intermediate station on the Tuen Ma line.

Station layout[edit]

Station concourse in August 2009
Platform 1 (Tuen Ma line) in February 2013
Platform 1 Tuen Ma Line in June 2021
Exit C, adjacent to a subway in September 2009

All four platforms are located at ground level. The platforms are curved because they were built around the existing tracks. 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 was placed on a reader, the first section of journey fare would be deducted and passengers could walk over to the other fare area. Passengers who accidentally walked to the wrong area by mistake had to exit the station through the exit gates (not the transfer gates) within 15 minutes, or an extra fare was charged.

1 First Floor Firemen and staff only (not open to public)
G 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)
Split platform, doors will open on the left
Split platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 1      Tuen Ma line towards Tuen Mun (Mei Foo)
Wall
Platform 2      Tuen Ma line towards Wu Kai Sha (Austin)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
C Concourse Customer Service Centre, vending machines
Tickets/fare adjustment, shops, toilets
vending machines, ATMs

[3]

Entrances and exits[edit]

  • A1: V Walk, Fu Cheong Estate Wheelchair user access
  • A2: V Walk
  • B: Cheung Sha Wan Wholesale Food Market Wheelchair user access
  • C: Lin Cheung Road
  • D1: Sham Mong Road
  • D2: V Walk

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Designers transfer Hong Kong know-how to Dubai's new metro". scmp.com.
  2. ^ Government of Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department
  3. ^ "Nam Cheong Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 28 March 2015.