Yau Ma Tei station

Yau Ma Tei

MTRrapid transit station
Yau Ma Tei Station 2014 02 part2.JPG
Platform 1
Chinese name
Jyutping Jau4maa4dei2
Hanyu Pinyin Yóumádì
Literal meaning Sesame oil ground
General information
Location Nathan Road × Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei

Yau Tsim Mong District, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°18′46″N 114°10′15″E  /  22.3129°N 114.1707°E  / 22.3129; 114.1707 Coordinates: 22°18′46″N114°10′15″E / 22.3129°N 114.1707°E / 22.3129; 114.1707
Operated by MTR Corporation
Platforms 4 (island platforms)
Connections Bus, public light bus
Structure type Underground
Platform levels 2
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code YMT
  • 22 December 1979; 40 years ago (1979-12-22) (Kwun Tong Line)
  • 10 May 1982; 38 years ago (1982-05-10) (Tsuen Wan Line)
Previous names Waterloo
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
towards Central
Tsuen Wan line Mong Kok
towards Tsuen Wan
Ho Man Tin
towards Whampoa
Kwun Tong line Mong Kok
Track layout
P1 (upper)
Prince Edward
P2 (lower)
P1 (upper)
Mong Kok
P2 (lower)
P1 (upper)
Yau Ma Tei
P2 (lower)
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Yau Ma Tei
Location within the MTR system

Yau Ma Tei (Chinese: 油麻地; Cantonese Yale: Yàumàdéi), formerly called Waterloo after Waterloo Road, is an MTR station located in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon. It is served by the Kwun Tong line and the Tsuen Wan line. The station opened on 22 December 1979 and was renamed as Yau Ma Tei on 31 May 1985 along with Argyle (Mong Kok) and Chater (Central).

Yau Ma Tei is an interchange station, even though the platforms are not designed for cross-platform interchange. After the Kwun Tong Line has been extended to Whampoa, it is used by northbound passengers on one line to change to southbound trains on the other line. This station is used by many students during commuting hours, since it is in the vicinity of many large schools.

The station's livery colour is a light grey. Red, white, and blue stripes, which is located prominently adorned the station walls until they were removed as part of renovation works in 2005 which also saw the original Helvetica typeface, used in station name signs, replaced by Myriad.

History [ edit ]

On 16 December 1979, Modified Initial System was extended from Shek Kip Mei to Tsim Sha Tsui station. However, Yau Ma Tei station was opened at a later 22 December that year as an infill station. When the station was first opened, only upper level platform was in use. Two weeks before Tsuen Wan Line opened, on 26 April 1982, MTR Corporation split the Modified Initial System into Kwun Tong Line and Tsuen Wan Line, in order to let passengers to get use to transfer at Mong Kong station. In the same day, the lower level platform was put into use. Tsuen Wan Line was fully operational on 17 May 1982.

Kwun Tong Line was extended to Whampoa station on 23 October 2016.

Station layout [ edit ]

From the scissor crossing after Whampoa terminus to north of Yau Ma Tei, the Kwun Tong Line drives on the right side of the tunnel, as opposed to almost everywhere else in the MTR, where the driving direction is usually on the left (except for the Tuen Ma line). The difference in driving directionality is due to the track layout between Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok stations.

The Kwun Tong line extension towards Whampoa station via Ho Man Tin opened on 23 October 2016. In preparation, the numbers of the Kwun Tong Line platforms were swapped starting on 11 June 2016, and platform 4 became alighting-only (and platform 3 boarding-only) from 21 August 2016.[1] After the opening of the Kwun Tong line extension, Yau Ma Tei became an interchange station between the Kwun Tong Line and the Tsuen Wan Line, with each line using platforms on a different level.

G Street level Exits
C Concourse Customer service, MTRShops
Vending machines, Automatic teller machines

Platform 1     Tsuen Wan line towards Tsuen Wan (Mong Kok)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2      Tsuen Wan line towards Central (Jordan)

Platform 4      Kwun Tong line towards Whampoa (Ho Man Tin)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 3     Kwun Tong line towards Tiu Keng Leng (Mong Kok)


Entrances/exits [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Yau Ma Tei Station layout"(PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Yau Ma Tei Station layout"(PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Yau Ma Tei Station street map"(PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
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