Quarry Bay Station

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Quarry Bay
鰂魚涌
MTR rapid transit station
Quarry Bay Station 2014 02 part3.JPG
Platform 3
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 鰂魚涌
Simplified Chinese 鲗鱼涌
Literal meaning Crucian Carp Stream
General information
Location King's Road, Quarry Bay
Eastern District, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°17′16″N 114°12′35″E / 22.2878°N 114.2096°E / 22.2878; 114.2096Coordinates: 22°17′16″N 114°12′35″E / 22.2878°N 114.2096°E / 22.2878; 114.2096
Operated by MTR Corporation
Line(s)
Platforms 4 (island platforms)
Connections Bus
Construction
Structure type Underground
Depth 37 metres (121 ft)
Platform levels 2
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code QUB
History
Opened
  • 31 May 1985 (1985-05-31) (Island Line)
  • 6 August 1989 (1989-08-06) (Kwun Tong Line)
Services
Preceding station   MTR   Following station
towards Kennedy Town
Island Line
towards Chai Wan
Terminus
Tseung Kwan O Line
towards Po Lam or LOHAS Park
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Quarry Bay
Location within the MTR system

Quarry Bay Station is an underground station on the MTR Island and Tseung Kwan O lines in Quarry Bay on Hong Kong Island. The station livery is teal green.

Location[edit]

As with all stations on the Island Line, Quarry Bay is located on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island. Platforms 1 and 2 are built beneath King's Road to Pak Fuk Road. Platforms 3 and 4 are built beneath King's Road to the south of Model Housing Estate.

History[edit]

In the course of constructing Quarry Bay Station, with the initial two platforms, 70,000 cubic metres of rock was excavated and 28,000 cubic metres of concrete was poured.[1] The station opened as part of the second phase of the Island Line on 31 May 1985. The station was expanded in 1989 with the addition of Platforms 3 and 4, which served as the terminus of Kwun Tong Line upon the opening of the Eastern Harbour Crossing.

The station was badly congested in the mid-1990s. The station had a capacity of 30,000 people per hour, and was "close to saturation". Contingency plans were developed to evacuate trains ahead of Quarry Bay to avoid overcrowding, while construction options were planned to alleviate the problem permanently.[2] On 27 September 2001, the Quarry Bay Congestion Relief Works was completed, extending the Kwun Tong Line to North Point Station and providing an easier and more spacious interchange there for Central-bound passengers. On 4 August 2002, the Kwun Tong Line platforms began serving the newly-formed Tseung Kwan O Line instead.

Timetable[edit]

Line Destination First train Last train
Island Line Chai Wan 06:21 01:11
Kennedy Town 06:04 00:45
Tseung Kwan O Line Po Lam 06:15 01:14
LOHAS Park Peak hours only
North Point 06:13 01:03
Source: MTR[3]

Station layout[edit]

The station is noted for having the deepest platforms in the MTR network (except for HKU and Sai Ying Pun stations[4]), with a maximum depth of 37m below ground level,[citation needed] to allow the Tseung Kwan O Line tunnel to traverse Victoria Harbour. The station's concourses, however, are at ground level and open directly onto the street. As a result, four sets of escalators and many long passageways are necessary to connect the concourses to the deepest platforms.

Since platforms 3 and 4 were built some time after platforms 1 and 2, no cross-platform interchanges are available in Quarry Bay station. Commuters interchanging between the two lines have to walk through a long passageway and two flights of escalators for about 5 minutes to reach the platforms of the other line.

This inconvenience and increasing passenger numbers were what prompted the MTRC to undergo the Quarry Bay Congestion Relief Works, which extended the Kwun Tong Line one station to the west to North Point Station, where cross-platform interchanges are provided. The platform numbers of platforms 3 and 4 were switched when the Kwun Tong Line was extended to North Point in 2001.

C
Concourse
(Ground)
King's Road Concourse Exits, Footbridge to Finnie Street
Customer Service, MTRShops
Hang Seng Bank, vending machines, ATM
Model Lane Concourse Exits, Customer Service, MTRShops
ATM
UP
Platform
Platform 1       Island Line towards Chai Wan (Tai Koo)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2      Island Line towards Kennedy Town (North Point)
LP
Platform
Platform 3       Tseung Kwan O Line towards Po Lam or LOHAS Park (Yau Tong)
(No regular service: Lam Tin)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 4      Tseung Kwan O Line towards North Point (Terminus)

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Entrances and exits[edit]

Entrances/exits A and B share the same concourse while entrance/exit C has a separate concourse.

Shops[edit]

Transport connections[edit]

Bus[edit]

To Tsz Wan Shan (Central)
  • 116 (at exit A or B)

Gallery[edit]

Platform 2 (Towards Kennedy Town) 
Platform 4 (Towards North Point) 
Exit C 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Narrow platforms' concern by elderly" (PDF). South China Morning Post. 31 May 1985. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Ball, Steve (19 February 1994). "MTR may evacuate to avoid big crowds" (PDF). South China Morning Post. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Quarry Bay Station timetable" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Extension of Island Line to Western District". MTR Corporation. Archived from the original on 26 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Quarry Bay Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Quarry Bay Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.