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North Point station

North Point

北角
MTR MTR rapid transit station
Platform 3
Chinese name
Chinese北角
Hanyu PinyinBěijiǎo
Cantonese YaleBākgok
Literal meaningNorth Corner
Transcriptions
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu PinyinBěijiǎo
Yue: Cantonese
Yale RomanizationBākgok
JyutpingBak1gok3
Southern Min
Hokkien POJPak-kak
General information
LocationNear Roca Centre, King's Road, North Point
Eastern District, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°17′27″N 114°12′03″E / 22.2909°N 114.2007°E / 22.2909; 114.2007
Operated byMTR Corporation
Line(s)
Platforms4 (2 island platforms)
Tracks4
Connections
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Platform levels2
AccessibleYes
Other information
Station codeNOP
History
Opened
  •   Island line : 31 May 1985; 38 years ago (1985-05-31)
  •   Kwun Tong line : 27 September 2001; 22 years ago (2001-09-27)
Services
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
Fortress Hill
towards Kennedy Town
Island line Quarry Bay
towards Chai Wan
Terminus Tseung Kwan O line Quarry Bay
towards Po Lam or LOHAS Park
Proposed (North Island line extension)
Exhibition Centre
Terminus
Tseung Kwan O line
Quarry Bay
towards Po Lam or LOHAS Park
Former services
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
Quarry Bay
towards Yau Ma Tei
Kwun Tong line
(2001-2002)
Terminus
Track layout
2
1
L3
4
3
L2
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
North Point
Location within the MTR system
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
North Point
North Point (Hong Kong Island)
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
North Point
North Point (Hong Kong urban core)

North Point (Chinese: 北角; Cantonese Yale: Bākgok) is a station on the Hong Kong MTR Island line and the western terminus of the Tseung Kwan O line, located in North Point on Hong Kong Island. The livery of the station is tomato orange. The interchange between the Island line and the Tseung Kwan O line is a cross-platform interchange. North Point is the northernmost station on the Island line.

History

This station was opened on 31 May 1985 upon the completion of the Island line. Until 2001, the station was only used by that line, and the layout of the station at that time featured a stacked side platform arrangement with trains running towards Sheung Wan station operating on the level above trains running towards Chai Wan station. Between 2001 and 2002, this station was expanded to facilitate a cross-platform interchange with the Kwun Tong line. A new platform was constructed on each level opposite the existing platform and the station served as the temporary terminus of Kwun Tong line. On 4 August 2002, the section of Tseung Kwan O line from this station to Yau Tong was opened to allow passengers to develop familiarity with the new cross-harbour interchange arrangement. Since 18 August 2002, this station serves as an interchange station between the two lines as well as the terminus of Tseung Kwan O line.

In 2001, an artwork by architect Tao Ho and local schoolchildren called North Point, My Neighbourhood was installed in the station. It is an illustrated mural depicting familiar sights from around North Point.

Station layout

G - Exits
- Walkway MTRshops
Walkway to all exits
L1 Concourse Customer Service, MTRshops
Vending machines, Automatic teller machines
Octopus Promotion Machine
L2
Platforms
Platform 2      Island line towards Kennedy Town (Fortress Hill)
Island platform, doors will open on the left for Island line, right for Tseung Kwan O line
Platform 4      Tseung Kwan O line termination platform
L3
Platforms
Platform 1      Island line towards Chai Wan (Quarry Bay)
Island platform, doors will open on the right for Island line, left for Tseung Kwan O line
Platform 3      Tseung Kwan O line towards Po Lam or LOHAS Park (Quarry Bay)

[1]

Compared to cross-platform arrangements at other MTR stations, the transfer distance is longer here; however, it is nevertheless much more convenient for commuters to transfer than passing through the corridors in Quarry Bay station, which provides no cross-platform arrangement.

Entrances/exits

All exits are located on King's Road and the side streets nearby.[2]

  • A1: Java Road
  • A2: Marble Road
  • A3: Odeon Plaza
  • A4: Shu Kuk Street
  • B1/B2/B3: King's Road
  • B4: Tsat Tsz Mui Road

Transport connections

North Point is the home of a large bus terminus, situated at the North Point Ferry Pier. (Exit A1) At the same time, other modes of transport like buses, trams and taxis are accessed at King's Road, which can be reached through Exits B1 and B3.

Ferry

The North Point Ferry Pier (entrance/exit A1) provides services to Hung Hom, Kowloon City and Kwun Tong. Passengers who wish to take the ferry should leave North Point station at entrance/exit A1, and follow Shu Kuk Street until they reach the seashore.

Special train

To relieve overcrowding of the Kennedy Town-bound platform in morning peak hours, a number of trains from Chai Wan Depot run empty and are placed into service at North Point.[3]

Future development

North Point will become an intermediate station on the Tseung Kwan O line once the North Island line project is completed. Tseung Kwan O line North Point-bound train will run towards Tamar via Fortress Hill, Causeway Bay North and Exhibition Centre stations, paralleling the Island line. This will significantly relieve the overcrowding on Kennedy Town-bound trains of the Island line during the morning rush hour.

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ "North Point Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  2. ^ "North Point Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Scheduled train service level". MTR Service Update.
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