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Fo Tan (Chinese: 火炭; Cantonese Yale: Fó taan) is a station on the East Rail Line of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system in Hong Kong. It is located in the Fo Tan area of Sha Tin District, between Sha Tin and University stations on the East Rail Line's main branch. The Racecourse station is located parallel to Fo Tan, on the line's Racecourse branch.

Fo Tan

火炭
MTR
MTR rapid transit station
Fo Tan Station Exit.jpg
Exit B
Chinese name
Chinese火炭
Cantonese YaleFó taan
Hanyu PinyinHuǒtàn
General information
LocationLok King Street, Fo Tan
Sha Tin District, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°23′43″N 114°11′54″E / 22.3953°N 114.1982°E / 22.3953; 114.1982Coordinates: 22°23′43″N 114°11′54″E / 22.3953°N 114.1982°E / 22.3953; 114.1982
Owned byKowloon–Canton Railway Corporation
Operated byMTR Corporation
Line(s)
Platforms4 (island platforms)
Tracks3
ConnectionsBus, public light bus
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Platform levels1
Disabled accessYes
History
Opened
  • 15 February 1985 (1985-02-15)
Services
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
Sha Tin
towards Hung Hom
East Rail line University
towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau
Route map
4
3
2
Fo Tan Goods Yard
1
to Racecourse
or Ho Tung Lau Depot
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Fo Tan
Location within the MTR system

The passenger station serves some apartment buildings, villages, and a medium-sized industrial zone, as well as the Fo Tan Railway House [zh] of the MTRC. During rush hour, some northbound trains terminate at this station before departing southwards. Some trains do not run through this station on race days, and are instead diverted to stop at Racecourse.

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HistoryEdit

The station was opened in 1985, two years after the total electrification of the railway. It was featured at the end of the 1989 film Mr Coconut, starring Tony Leung Ka-Fai.

Fo Tan Goods YardEdit

In addition, two tracks spur off at the northeast of the station, and lead into a goods yard north of the station. Freight trains stopped there regularly[citation needed] before their demise on the East Rail Line in 2010; the yard has since been used occasionally for rolling stock deliveries.[1]

Station layoutEdit

The station has three tracks, with two island platforms between.

Trains normally stop at platforms 1 and 4. The centre track is used in the following occasions:

  • for special southbound departures during morning peak hours,
  • for southbound stopping when there are trains heading to/from the depot, or Racecourse station during race days, or
  • to serve as a buffer so that non-stop through trains can overtake local trains.
C Southern Concourse Exit A & B, Customer Service Centre
Shops, vending machines, ATMs & toilets
Northern Concourse Exit C & D, Customer Service Centre
Shops, vending machines & ATMs
Platforms
(G/F)
Platform 1      East Rail line towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau (University)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Platform 2 ↑ / 3 ↓      East Rail line towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau (University)
     East Rail line towards Hung Hom (Sha Tin)
(For special departures in either direction during specific times)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Platform 4      East Rail line towards Hung Hom (Sha Tin)

[2]

Entrances/exitsEdit

 
Fo Tan Railway House

Originally, the southern concourse was the only concourse in this station. Because the two concourses were built in separate years, they were not originally interconnected. MTR renovated the station in 2015, connecting the two concourses in the process. The new link opened on 12 December 2015.[3]

Southern concourse[4]
Northern concourse[4]
  • C: Palazzo
    • The Palazzo, Ficus Garden, Immigration and Registration of Persons, Jubilee Court, Jubilee Garden, Lok Lo Ha Village, Plaza Ascot, Royal Ascot
  • D: Au Pui Wan Street

Transport interchangeEdit

Number Termini
KMB
85 Fo Tan (Shan Mei Street) ↔ Kowloon City Ferry Pier
88K Royal Ascot ↔ Hin Keng
88X Fo Tan Station ↺ Ping Tin
Other routes: 73A, 80M, 81K, 280X
NWFB
798 Fo Tan (Shan Mei Street) ↔ Tiu Keng Leng Station
Public light bus
65K Fo Tan Station ↔ Wong Nai Tau
801K Yiu On ↺ Fo Tan Station
Other routes: 801, 811, 811A

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New trains for SCL". MTR - Shatin to Central Link. MTR Corporation. Archived from the original on 8 November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Fo Tan Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  3. ^ "MTR Listening‧Responding Programme Brings New Look to Fo Tan Station Two Concourses Become One" (PDF). MTR Corporation. 11 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Fo Tan Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 17 November 2014.