Quarry Bay Station
|MTR rapid transit station|
|Literal meaning||Crucian Carp Stream|
|Location||King's Road, Quarry Bay
Eastern District, Hong Kong
|Operated by||MTR Corporation|
|Platforms||4 (island platforms)|
|Depth||37 metres (121 ft)|
Location within the MTR system
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.
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. 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. 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.
|Line||Destination||First train||Last train|
|Island Line||Chai Wan||06:21||01:11|
|Tseung Kwan O Line||Po Lam||06:15||01:14|
|LOHAS Park||Peak hours only|
The station is noted for having the deepest platforms in the MTR network (except for HKU and Sai Ying Pun stations),  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.
|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|
|Platform 1||Island Line towards Chai Wan (Tai Koo) →|
|Platform 2||← Island Line towards Kennedy Town (North Point)|
|Platform 3|| Tseung Kwan O Line towards Po Lam or LOHAS Park (Yau Tong) →
(No regular service: Lam Tin)
|Platform 4||← Tseung Kwan O Line towards North Point (Terminus)|
Entrances and exits
Entrances/exits A and B share the same concourse while entrance/exit C has a separate concourse.
- Circle K Mini-store
- Hang Seng Bank ATM
- Maxim's Cakes
- 2 Bank of China (Hong Kong) ATMs
- An automatic photo machine (Max Sight Photo-Me)
- A vending machine (Swire Coca-Cola)
- To Tsz Wan Shan (Central)
- 116 (at exit A or B)
- "'Narrow platforms' concern by elderly" (PDF). South China Morning Post. 31 May 1985. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
- Ball, Steve (19 February 1994). "MTR may evacuate to avoid big crowds" (PDF). South China Morning Post. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
- "Quarry Bay Station timetable" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
- "Extension of Island Line to Western District". MTR Corporation. Archived from the original on 26 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
- "Quarry Bay Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
- "Quarry Bay Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
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