Sheung Wan Station

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Sheung Wan
上環
MTR
MTR rapid transit station
MTR SHW (4).JPG
Platform 2
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 上環
Simplified Chinese 上环
Literal meaning Upper ring
General information
Location Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan
Central and Western District, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°17′10″N 114°09′06″E / 22.2862°N 114.1518°E / 22.2862; 114.1518Coordinates: 22°17′10″N 114°09′06″E / 22.2862°N 114.1518°E / 22.2862; 114.1518
Owned by MTR Corporation
Operated by MTR Corporation
Line(s)
Platforms 2 (side platforms)
Connections Bus, public light bus, tram
Construction
Structure type Underground
Platform levels 1
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code SHW
History
Opened
  • 23 May 1986 (1986-05-23)
Services
Preceding station   MTR logo.svg MTR   Following station
towards Kennedy Town
Island Line
towards Chai Wan
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Sheung Wan
Location within the MTR system

Sheung Wan (Chinese: 上環) is a rapid transit station on the Hong Kong MTR Island Line. It serves the Sheung Wan area of Hong Kong Island, and is also directly connected to the Macau Ferry Terminal. The livery colour of this station is khaki.

History[edit]

The station was originally proposed under the name Western Market in the 1967 Hong Kong Mass Transport Study.

It was finally constructed and opened in May 1986 as part of the Island Line. There is a plaque in the station concourse, laid by Financial Secretary John Henry Bremridge, commemorating the completion of the Island Line. Sheung Wan served as the western terminus of the Island Line until the extension of the line to Kennedy Town, which opened in 2014.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Central
1
2
to Sai Ying Pun
G Street level Exits
L2 Des Voeux Road C Concourse Customer Service, MTR Shops
Hang Seng Bank, Vending Machines, ATM
Rumsey Street Concourse Customer Service, MTR Shops
Hang Seng Bank, ATM
L3 Des Voeux Road C Concourse Walkway to all platforms
Rumsey Street Concourse Alternate Platforms
L5
Platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 1      Island Line towards Chai Wan (Central)
Wall
Platform 2      Island Line towards Kennedy Town (Sai Ying Pun)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Source: [1]

The platforms are built under Des Voeux Road from Cleverly Street to Rumsey Street. Although platforms 1 and 2 are parallel to and directly opposite each other, there is a wall separating the two tracks giving a false impression that both platforms are separated by a long distance from each other.[1] Both platforms are slightly longer than those on other MTR underground stations. It has been suggested that this was the result of problems in calculations during the station's construction.[citation needed]

Rumsey Street platforms[edit]

Rumsey Station Concourse
The "phantom" platforms under Rumsey Street

The platforms of Rumsey station, originally planned as the southern terminus of the East Kowloon Line, still remain in Sheung Wan station. They are located near Exit E, forming part of the passageways between the concourse and the open platforms, and they run perpendicular to the Island Line platforms below. The platforms were never completed, and have a length of about three MTR EMUs (while normal trains have eight each), roughly 60 metres long; do not have tracks or overhead power lines; and have all tunnel entrances sealed with bricks.

In recent years,[when?] one of the proposal for the usage of the Rumsey Street platforms has been for them to be the terminus of the West Island Line (then a separate line). However, with the decision to make the West Island Line to be an extension of the Island Line, instead of a separate line, there are no more proposals to utilize the Rumsey Street platforms. Since then, the MTR Corporation has boarded up the abandoned platforms, and they are no longer visible.

Entrances and exits[edit]

Transport connections[edit]

Hong Kong Tramways[edit]

Commuters may leave Sheung Wan Station at Exits A1, B, E1 or E3 to access trams on Des Voeux Road Central. In the past, many passengers boarded trams to continue their journeys westward to Sai Ying Pun, Shek Tong Tsui and Kennedy Town. However, after the Island Line was extended to serve these areas directly in 2014, such practice declined sharply.

Hong Kong-Macau Ferry[edit]

The Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal, located within Shun Tak Centre, provides frequent jetfoil, hydrofoil and hovercraft services to Macau and many other destinations in the Pearl River Delta. Exit D leads to the Ferry Terminal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sheung Wan Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sheung Wan Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.