Tung Chung station

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Tung Chung

東涌
MTR
MTR rapid transit station
Tung Chung Station Outside view 2010.jpg
Station exterior
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese東涌
Cantonese YaleDūngchūng
Literal meaningEast (of a) branch of a river
General information
LocationCheung Tung Road × Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island
Islands District, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°17′21″N 113°56′30″E / 22.2893°N 113.9416°E / 22.2893; 113.9416Coordinates: 22°17′21″N 113°56′30″E / 22.2893°N 113.9416°E / 22.2893; 113.9416
Owned byMTR Corporation
Operated byMTR Corporation
Line(s)Tung Chung line
Platforms2 (1 island platform)
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Platform levels1
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeTUC
History
Opened22 June 1998; 24 years ago (1998-06-22)
Electrified1.5 kV DC (Overhead line)
Services
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
Sunny Bay
towards Hong Kong
Tung Chung line Terminus
Proposed
Tung Chung East
towards Hong Kong
Tung Chung line
Tung Chung line extension
Tung Chung West
Terminus
Track layout
Up arrow Sunny Bay
North Lantau
Highway
Fu Tung Street
1
2
Ngong
Ping 360
Shun Tung Road
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Tung Chung
Location within the MTR system

Tung Chung (Chinese: 東涌) is a station on the Tung Chung line of the MTR rapid transport system in Hong Kong. As the western end of the Tung Chung line, it is also a transfer point of those wishing to use the Ngong Ping Cable Car and by bus to the rest of Lantau Island. As with all other MTR stations, Tung Chung has a unique colour scheme used throughout the station, in this case lavender.

Tung Chung is only one of two stations on the Tung Chung line not shared with another line, the other being Olympic.

Location[edit]

Tung Chung station is located in the new town of the same name on the northern shore of Lantau Island, one of the inhabited locations on the island. The surrounding area is predominantly residential in nature, with the majority of buildings in the station's catchment area being residential towers and schools. Exit C of the Tung Chung station opens up to a plaza which in turn connects the MTR station to the bus terminus and the nearby mall: Citygate Outlets.[1]

Layout[edit]

Both platforms share the same island platform underground. A "First Train" indicator is provided along the platform indicating to passengers which train to board.

- footbridge footbridge connecting Citygate with Fu Tung Estate, shops
G concourse entrances/exits, customer service centre, shops, vending machines, automatic teller machines, Octopus promotion machine
L2 Platform 2   Tung Chung line towards Hong Kong (Sunny Bay)
island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Platform 1   Tung Chung line towards Hong Kong (Sunny Bay)

Entrances/exits[edit]

The Tung Chung station concourse is located at ground level. It has four exits (two at each end of the concourse).

Transport connections[edit]

Taxis[edit]

An urban (red) taxi stand is located beside Exit A. A Lantau (blue) taxi stand at Exit D provides taxi services within Lantau Island.[1]

Ngong Ping Cable Car[edit]

Opened on 18 September 2006, the MTR-owned Ngong Ping Cable Car connects Tung Chung with Ngong Ping, where the Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha are located. The Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal is about 200 metres away from Exit B of Tung Chung station.[1]

Buses[edit]

There is a large number of bus routes, located near the Ngong Ping Cable Car terminus and near the station, the route most criticized by local residents is the buses leading from Tuen Mun, as of late 2018 due to the opening of the Tuen Mun–Chek Lap Kok Link. A large influx of tourists have rushed to Tung Chung and caused a huge nuisance to local residents[citation needed].

History[edit]

The contract to construct the station, valued at HK$1.1 billion, was awarded to Japanese construction company Aoki Corporation and commenced on 28 November 1994.[2][3] The station was designed by Hong Kong architecture firm Rocco Design Architects and engineering company Ove Arup & Partners.[4]

Site preparation began in early 1995. The station was officially topped out on 18 December 1996. A public open day was held on 12 June 1998.[5]

The station opened with the rest of the new Tung Chung line on 22 June 1998.[6] In December 2003, eight suspended sculptures were installed over the station concourse. Called Link, the artwork was designed by Hong Kong artist Freeman Lau, and alludes to the MTR's function in connecting urban dwellers to nature.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Tung Chung Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  2. ^ "List of Current Contracts as at 31/12/96". Hong Kong Airport Core Programme. Hong Kong Government. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ "MTRC awards 'fast' contracts". South China Morning Post. 7 December 1994. p. 26.
  4. ^ "Tung Chung Station". Rocco Design Architects. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  5. ^ Wade, Colin (1999). "Ground Transportation Centre". The Arup Journal. 1/1999: 34–37.
  6. ^ Ng, Kang-chung (23 June 1998). "New line hiccups its way into service". South China Morning Post. p. 6.