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Tsuen Wan

荃灣
MTR MTR rapid transit station
Platform 2 of Tsuen Wan station
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Jyutpingcyun4waan1
Hanyu PinyinQuánwān
Literal meaningBay of fragrant flowers
Transcriptions
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu PinyinQuánwān
Yue: Cantonese
Yale Romanizationchyùnwāan
IPA[tsʰyːn˩waːn˥]
Jyutpingcyun4waan1
General information
LocationSai Lau Kok Road × Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan
Tsuen Wan District, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°22′25″N 114°07′04″E / 22.3736°N 114.1178°E / 22.3736; 114.1178
Operated byMTR Corporation
Line(s)Tsuen Wan line
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Platform levels1
AccessibleYes
Other information
Station codeTSW
History
Opened17 May 1982; 42 years ago (1982-05-17)
Services
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
Tai Wo Hau
towards Central
Tsuen Wan line Terminus
Track layout
sidings
to Tsuen Wan Depot
to Tsuen Wan Depot
1
2
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Tsuen Wan
Location within the MTR system

Tsuen Wan (Chinese: 荃灣; Cantonese Yale: chyùnwāan) is the northern terminus of the MTR Tsuen Wan line in Hong Kong. It is the only station on the Tsuen Wan line at ground level. It is located in the northern central part of Tsuen Wan New Town, New Territories West. The preceding station is Tai Wo Hau.

It was the westernmost station in the MTR system until the opening of the Airport in 1998. It was also the northernmost station in the MTR system until the MTR–KCR merger.

History

The station opened as part of the line opening on 10 May 1982. A commemorative plaque in the station concourse, near exit A, was unveiled by Acting Governor Sir Philip Haddon-Cave. The station was designed as an intermediate station with two side platforms, with trains terminating at Tsuen Wan West, further northwest near Tsuen King Garden, different from the present Tuen Ma line Tsuen Wan West station. The area around the proposed terminus had a poor development record and it was decided to not build a station there, even though tracks had already been laid. This explains why the station uses different platforms for loading and unloading. After leaving the unloading platform, trains enter the section of track beyond the station to proceed to the Tsuen Wan Depot or reverse back to the loading platform to head towards Central.

During the construction of the station, Route Twisk was diverted. The famous Sam Tung Uk walled village was also relocated, though it was later preserved as a museum.

New roads and shopping centres were set up around the station, and a private housing estate was also built directly above the station. A bus interchange was set up under one of the shopping centres.

Usage

The usage of the station was not very high when it opened in 1982 as the station was located in the northern edge of Tsuen Wan town and the connecting infrastructure was incomplete, making it difficult to attract residents in the town centre to take the MTR.

With over 20 years of development, the area around the station gradually took over as the town centre. Several shopping malls were constructed near the station, and an extensive footbridge network was built to connect to nearby shopping malls, the original town centre, and some villages to the north. The station also acts as an important transportation interchange, with numerous bus and minibus routes serving near the station. Commuters from northwest New Territories used to change buses at this station to continue their journey into Kowloon by MTR, before the West Rail line opened in 2003.

Refurbishment

The station was refurbished twice. In the early 1990s, a Chinese-style design was introduced inside the station. This design was completely removed after the second refurbishment in 2004, where more shops were set up in the station (a common practice of MTR station refurbishments in the 2000s[citation needed]). Gates were relocated to handle more passengers.

Station layout

Platforms 1 and 2 are both located at ground level, and the tracks are located right next to each other. One platform is used for boarding and the other is used for alighting. Two new exits have been built next to Platform 1, allowing passengers to leave the station without going up the escalators and coming back down again. Passengers entering the station via these exits will have to take an escalator up to the concourse, cross to the other side for the down escalator for Platform 2.

- Shopping Mall
Residential Area/
Flyover
Tsuen Wan Centre, Luk Yeung Sun Chuen, Luk Yeung Galleria (last two on opposite side)
Tai Ho Road North
U1 Concourse Exits A-C, customer service, MTRshops
Hang Seng Bank, vending machines, automatic teller machines
Octopus promotion machine
G
Platforms
Depot MTR Tsuen Wan Depot
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 2      Tsuen Wan line towards Central (Tai Wo Hau)
Platform 1      Tsuen Wan line termination platform
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Exits Exit D, E, Public light bus stops

[1]

Concourse of Tsuen Wan station

Entrances and exits

Concourse (U1)
Platform 1 (G)

References

  1. ^ "Tsuen Wan Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Tsuen Wan Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
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