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East Tsim Sha Tsui

尖東
MTR MTR rapid transit station
Platform 1 in July 2017
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese尖東
Simplified Chinese尖东
Cantonese YaleJīmdūng
Literal meaningSharp East
Transcriptions
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu PinyinJiāndōng
Wade–GilesChien1-tung1
Yue: Cantonese
Yale RomanizationJīmdūng
JyutpingZim1dung1
General information
LocationSalisbury Road, Chatham Road South × Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Yau Tsim Mong District, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°17′44″N 114°10′31″E / 22.2955°N 114.1754°E / 22.2955; 114.1754
Owned byKCR Corporation
Operated byMTR Corporation
Line(s)Tuen Ma line
Platforms2 (1 island platform)
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
AccessibleYes
Other information
Station codeETS
History
Opened24 October 2004; 19 years ago (2004-10-24)
Services
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
Hung Hom
towards Wu Kai Sha
Tuen Ma line Austin
towards Tuen Mun
Transfer at Tsim Sha Tsui
Admiralty
towards Central
Tsuen Wan line
transfer at Tsim Sha Tsui
Jordan
towards Tsuen Wan
Former services
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
Terminus East Rail line
(2004-2009)
Hung Hom
towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau
Track layout
1
2
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
East Tsim Sha Tsui
Location within the MTR system
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
East Tsim Sha Tsui
East Tsim Sha Tsui (Hong Kong urban core)

East Tsim Sha Tsui (Chinese: 尖東; Cantonese Yale: Jīmdūng) is a station of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system of Hong Kong. It is currently an intermediate station on the Tuen Ma line.

The station was built to alleviate surface traffic jams and passenger congestion at Kowloon Tong station. The distance from Hung Hom to the station is about one kilometre with the journey time of around two minutes.

This station is linked with Tsim Sha Tsui station of the Tsuen Wan line by subways (underground pedestrian tunnels).

History

The predecessor of the East Rail line was the Kowloon–Canton Railway (British Section), which was opened in 1910. At the time of opening, its southern terminus was the old Kowloon station located in Tsim Sha Tsui, where the Clock Tower stands today. However, the old Kowloon station was closed in 1975, and the southern terminus of the railway was relocated to the newly built Hung Hom station.

An early predecessor to the present East Tsim Sha Tsui station, named Mariner in the East Kowloon line 1970 scheme, was intended to provide interchange to Tsim Sha Tsui of the Kong Kow line (now part of Tsuen Wan line).

Plans for East Tsim Sha Tsui were subsequently revived in 1993 when the plans for East Kowloon line were modified to become a medium-capacity system as part of an Eastern Corridor with transfer to the Lantau Airport Railway (now Airport Express and Tung Chung line). The contract to construct East Tsim Sha Tsui was subsequently awarded to a consortium consisting of Hong Kong-based Gammon Construction and Japan-based Nishimatsu.[1]

East Tsim Sha Tsui was opened on 24 October 2004 as a southward extension of the KCR East Rail from Hung Hom, the Tsim Sha Tsui Extension [yue],[2][3][4][5] symbolising the return of the railway to the Tsim Sha Tsui area after 30 years. It served as the southern terminus of the East Rail line until 16 August 2009. As a result of its underground location, the station was equipped with full-height platform screen doors, of the same type used on the KCR West Rail, which opened the year prior. The station was the only one on the East Rail line with these doors for five years, and as a result, the 12-car-long set of screen doors were the longest in the world.

Platform 2 as it appeared in 2009, when the station was still served by the East Rail Line

The status of the East Tsim Sha Tsui station as the southern terminus of the East Rail line was intended to be a temporary arrangement only. Upon the opening of the MTR Kowloon Southern Link on 16 August 2009, the East Rail line terminated in the south at Hung Hom again (albeit only temporary until the opening of Sha Tin to Central Link in 2022), and the tracks between Hung Hom and East Tsim Sha Tsui became part of the West Rail line. As a result, Hung Hom became the common southern terminus of (and provided cross-platform interchange between) the East Rail line and the West Rail line, whilst East Tsim Sha Tsui became an intermediate station on the West Rail line. Due to the shorter length of the Tuen Ma line trains (8 cars), the ends of the platforms were taken out of use and closed off.

On 27 June 2021, the West Rail line officially merged with the Ma On Shan line (which was already extended into the Tuen Ma line Phase 1 at the time) in East Kowloon to form the new Tuen Ma line, as part of the Shatin to Central link project. Hence, East Tsim Sha Tsui was included in the project and is now an intermediate station on the Tuen Ma line.

Station layout

Pk/PD Park/
Podium Deck
Middle Road Children's Playground,
Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront Podium Garden
G Ground Exits/Entrances, East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Transport interchange,
Tsim Sha Tsui East (Mody Road) Transport interchange
C/S Concourse Customer service centres, washrooms
shops, vending machines, ATMs
Subway Subway to Tsim Sha Tsui (Tsuen Wan line), Middle Road,
Peking Road, Kowloon Park Drive, Canton Road
Salisbury Road, Hanoi Road, K11 Art Mall,
Nathan Road, Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East
P Platform 1      Tuen Ma line towards Tuen Mun (Austin)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2      Tuen Ma line towards Wu Kai Sha (Hung Hom)
Concourse in May 2013

Passengers heading towards the Tsuen Wan line ride the escalator up to the concourse and leave the Tuen Ma line system. Then they walk along the Middle Road or Mody Road subway system respectively to reach Tsim Sha Tsui station at exits L2 and M3, respectively.[6]

Although the stations are connected by subway, the fare gates for East Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui stations are separated. Single journey ticket passengers transferring from the Tuen Ma line to the Tsuen Wan line must purchase a second ticket at Tsim Sha Tsui station as the ticket is withdrawn once the passengers exit through the turnstiles at East Tsim Sha Tsui station. In contrast, Octopus card users who transfer between East Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui stations within thirty minutes without making any other transport related purchases or more than nine non-transport related purchases in between stations are considered to have taken a single journey and are charged accordingly. Also, MTR City Saver users who transfer between East Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui stations within thirty minutes are considered to have taken a single journey and no extra journey will be charged.[6]

Entrances/exits

East Tsim Sha Tsui station is linked with Tsim Sha Tsui station through the Mody Road and Middle Road subways. When both stations' exits are combined, the total number of exits outnumber even that of Central. Tsim Sha Tsui station has the exit with the highest letter of all rail stations in Hong Kong.[7]

There's no exits I or O because of the confusion with 1 and 0 respectively.

In Tsim Sha Tsui station

In East Tsim Sha Tsui station

References

  1. ^ "MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station & Subways, Hong Kong". Gammon Construction. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  2. ^ "KCRC Tsim Sha Tsui extension tunnels". Retrieved 27 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Cover Story (Vol 33 Jan 2005) - the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers".
  4. ^ "Annual Report 2004" (PDF). kcrc.com.hk. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  5. ^ "KCRC".
  6. ^ a b "East Tsim Sha Tsui Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa "East Tsim Sha Tsui Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
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