Hung Hom station

Hung Hom

Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Jyutping Hung4ham3
Hanyu Pinyin Hóngkàn
Literal meaning Red, dangerous sea cliff
General information
Other names Hong Kong Hung Hom (China Railway, from 1 April 2019)

Kowloon / Jiulong (China Railway, before 31 March 2019)
Location Cheong Wan Road, Hung Hom Bay

Yau Tsim Mong District, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°18′10″N 114°10′54″E  /  22.3029°N 114.1816°E  / 22.3029; 114.1816 Coordinates: 22°18′10″N114°10′54″E / 22.3029°N 114.1816°E / 22.3029; 114.1816
Owned by Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation
Operated by MTR Corporation
Platforms 7 (3 island platforms and 1 side platform)
Tracks 7
Connections Bus, public light bus
Structure type At-grade
Platform levels 1
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code HUH
  • 30 November 1975; 45 years ago (1975-11-30) (East Rail Line and Through Train)
  • 16 August 2009; 11 years ago (2009-08-16) (West Rail Line)
Electrified 1983
Preceding station China Railways.svg China Railway Following station
towards Beijing West
Beijing–Kowloon railway Terminus
All trains to and from Mainland China skip East Rail line intermediate stations.
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
Terminus East Rail line Mong Kok East
towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau
West Rail line East Tsim Sha Tsui
towards Tuen Mun
towards Foshan
Guangdong through train Terminus
Guangzhou East
towards Beijing West
Beijing–Kowloon through train
Guangzhou East
towards Shanghai
Shanghai–Kowloon through train
Exhibition Centre
towards Admiralty
East Rail line
Mong Kok East
towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau
Ho Man Tin
towards Wu Kai Sha
Tuen Ma line
East Tsim Sha Tsui
towards Tuen Mun
Track layout
Tunnel No. 1A
to Kowloon (1910–1975)
to new platforms
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hung Hom
Location within the MTR system

Hung Hom (Chinese: 紅磡; Cantonese Yale: Hùngham), referred to by China Railway as Hong Kong Hung Hom (Chinese: 香港紅磡; pinyin: Xiānggǎng Hóngkàn) since 1 April 2019, is an interchange station of the East Rail line and West Rail line in Hong Kong. It is Hong Kong's first station serving cross-border trains to Mainland China (The other station being West Kowloon Station, serving Guangzhou South, Beijing West and many other destinations in Mainland China). Cross-border services to Beijing West (Beijing–Kowloon line), Shanghai (Shanghai–Kowloon line), and Guangzhou East (Guangzhou–Kowloon line) terminate here.

The station is located in Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon, next to the Cross-Harbour Tunnel's northern entrance. Hung Hom is one of the three Hong Kong ports of entry on the MTR network; the others are Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau.

It is located in Yau Tsim Mong District.[1]

History [ edit ]

Former Hung Hom station [ edit ]

An old Hung Hom station existed on Chatham Road South before the relocation of then-Kowloon station in 1975. It was situated next to the former coastline of Hung Hom Bay, at the southeastern corner of the Gun Club Hill Barracks (between the current-day Chung Sze Yuen Building A of Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong History Museum).

This old Hung Hom station, a temporary wooden structure, operated from 1 October 1910 (the day the Kowloon–Canton Railway began operation)[2] to 15 September 1921,[3] but was later demolished.

Relocation of Kowloon station [ edit ]

The old Kowloon station in Tsim Sha Tsui began operation in 1910. After decades of economic growth in Hong Kong, the station, situated at the seafront of Victoria Harbour, became too small and had no room for expansion. A new Kowloon station (the current Hung Hom station), situated to the east, was officially inaugurated by Chief Secretary Denys Roberts on 24 November 1975 as the new terminus of the Kowloon–Canton Railway. However, it did not start operating until a few days later. The old terminal at Tsim Sha Tsui was closed on 29 November 1975.

The first passenger train pulled out of the new station the following morning at 8:26 am. On 5 May 1975, Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a plaque commemorating the opening of the new terminal.[4] The new station cost HK$150 million and offered modern new facilities including a spacious waiting hall, a restaurant, a bar, a bookstore, a bank, escalators, and closed circuit television. It was built along with a bus terminus and a multi-storey car park.[4]

The controversial demolition of the old station commenced on 7 June 1978;[5] a new complex of a concert hall and museums were built on Kowloon Station's original site, but the clock tower was preserved as a Declared Monument.

Through trains to mainland China started running from Hung Hom station on 4 April 1979.

Renaming and expansion [ edit ]

The new station was renamed Hung Hom Station around February or March 1996.[6] The Kowloon-Canton Railway was renamed KCR East Rail in 1996, and subsequently the East Rail line upon the merger of MTRC (metro services) and KCRC (suburban train services) in December 2007.

A HK$1.3 billion expansion of Hung Hom Station began on 16 March 1995, which included a new concourse designed by Foster and Partners.[7] The expansion was completed in 1998. The passenger terminal now hosts ticket offices, waiting areas, shops and restaurants.

After decades of being the terminus station of the East Rail Line, Hung Hom temporarily became an intermediate station when the East Rail was extended to East Tsim Sha Tsui station in 2004. This symbolic return to Tsim Sha Tsui of the then-Kowloon–Canton railway was followed by the inauguration of a westward Kowloon Southern Link to complete the West Rail line. On 16 August 2009, East Tsim Sha Tsui was transferred to the West Rail line. Hung Hom regained its status of terminus station, now of both railway lines.

To minimise confusion after the opening of Hong Kong West Kowloon, China Railways renamed the station on its systems to Hong Kong Hung Hom (previously Jiulong / Kowloon) on 1 April 2019.

Cross-border services [ edit ]

Platforms 5 and 6 are used by China Railway for cross-border trains to Beijing West (Beijing–Kowloon line), Shanghai (Shanghai–Kowloon line), and Guangzhou East (Guangzhou–Kowloon line).

As of September 4, 2019 Hung Hom station and its cross-border services cannot be found at China Railways official website, as opposed to high speed services at West Kowloon station.

Sha Tin to Central Link expansion [ edit ]

Background [ edit ]

Currently an interchange station between the West Rail line and East Rail line, Hung Hom station will become an intermediate stop on the Sha Tin to Central Link, a railway line connecting Sha Tin to Hong Kong Island.

Under the North South Corridor concept, the East Rail line is currently being extended to Hong Kong Island via a new immersed tube tunnel south of the station. At the same time, the West Rail line is being extended to connect with the Tuen Ma line via East Kowloon.

To facilitate this expansion, new platforms are being built underneath the Hung Hom Station Exit C concourse. The Tuen Ma line platforms will sit above the East Rail line platforms. New approach tracks have also been built north and south of the station.

Construction safety scandal [ edit ]

In 2018, a major scandal emerged regarding construction malpractice at the Hung Hom Station construction site. In 2015, contractors building the concrete slab forming the Tuen Ma Line platform level reportedly cut off the ends of reinforcing bars that were supposed to be screwed into couplers within the diaphragm wall forming the side of the underground station box. The contractor then poured the concrete even though the bars were not connected to the couplers. As a result, engineers have cast doubt on the long-term structural safety of the slab.[8]

The government has demanded that MTR Corporation submit a report on the safety of the station. An independent engineer, C M Wong & Associates Ltd., will conduct safety tests.[9] On 12 June 2018, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that she will appoint a commission on inquiry, headed by Hong Kong judge Michael Hartmann, to investigate the scandal.[10]

Station layout [ edit ]

Loft - MTRShops
U3 Intercity Through

Train Concourse/

Exit C Concourse
Exit C, a transport interchange
ticketing office, Customer Service Centre, toilets, Hong Kong Immigration Department

and Customs and Excise Department checkpoints (for intercity train passengers)
MTRShops, vending machines
ATMs, lockers
U2 Exit A & B

Exit A, B, footbridge, public transport interchange
Customer Service
Exit D Concourse Exit D, footbridge, Customer Service
Footbridges to Cross-Harbour Tunnel, Hong Kong Polytechnic University,

Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong Museum of History,

Hong Kong Science Museum, Hung Hom

Platform 1     East Rail line towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau (Mong Kok East)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 2      West Rail line towards Tuen Mun (East Tsim Sha Tsui)
Platform 3      West Rail line towards Tuen Mun (East Tsim Sha Tsui)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 4     East Rail line towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau (Mong Kok East)
Platform 5 Intercity Through Train towards Guangzhou, Shanghai or Beijing
Island platform, restricted access
Platform 6 Intercity Through Train towards Guangzhou, Shanghai or Beijing
Platform 7 Disused freight platform
Side platform, restricted access


Exits [ edit ]

An interchange for buses (lower level) and public light buses and taxis (upper level) is located outside the station building. The lower-level bus station is situated at the Kowloon entrance of the Cross-Harbour Tunnel. Elevated walkways connect the station to the Hong Kong Coliseum; Hong Kong Polytechnic University; the residential area of Hung Hom; and tourist attractions in eastern Tsim Sha Tsui, such as the Science Museum and the Avenue of Stars along Victoria Harbour.[12]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Yau Tsim Mong District"(PDF). Electoral Affairs Commission. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  2. ^ Kowloon–Canton railway 1910 Annual Report.
  3. ^ The HK Daily Press of 16 Sep 1921 shows the KCR timetable (taking effect on 16 Sep 1921) (Gazette no. s 260) without Hung Hom Station for the first time, whereas the timetable (Gazette no. s 205) the day before also on the HK Daily Press still showed the Station.
  4. ^ a b Annual Departmental Report by the General Manager, Railway and Chief Resident Engineer for the Financial Year 1975-76. Hong Kong: Government Information Services. 1976.
  5. ^ Hong Kong Kung Sheung Daily, 8 June 1978.
  6. ^ KCRC documents[vague]; the exact date of name change is subject to further research
  7. ^ Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation Annual Report 1995. Hong Kong: Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation. 1996.
  8. ^ Cheng, Kris (5 June 2018). "Gov't highly concerned about corner-cutting scandal at Hung Hom MTR station, says Chief Exec. Carrie Lam". Hong Kong Free Press.
  9. ^ Cheng, Kris (6 June 2018). "MTRC top official unsure why contractors cut corners during Hung Hom MTR station expansion". Hong Kong Free Press.
  10. ^ Cheng, Kris (12 June 2018). "Retired judge to lead investigation into corner-cutting scandal at the MTRC's Hung Hom station expansion". Hong Kong Free Press.
  11. ^ "Hung Hom Station layout"(PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Hung Hom Station street map"(PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 30 October 2016.

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