Mei Foo station
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Mei Foo (Chinese: 美孚) is a Hong Kong MTR station located in Mei Foo Sun Chuen, Lai Chi Kok, New Kowloon. It is an interchange station between the Tsuen Wan Line and the West Rail Line, situated between Lai Chi Kok and Lai King stations on the Tsuen Wan Line and Nam Cheong Station and Tsuen Wan West stations on the West Rail Line. Mei Foo Station's livery is blue.
|MTR rapid transit station|
Station exterior (West Rail Line building near exit G)
|Cantonese Yale||Méih fū|
|Literal meaning||Gracious Confidence|
|Location||TWL: Mount Sterling, Mei Foo Sun Chuen, Lai Chi Kok|
WRL: Lai Chi Kok Park, Lai Chi Kok
Sham Shui Po District, Hong Kong
|Owned by||MTR Corporation (Tsuen Wan Line), Kowloon–Canton Railway Corporation (West Rail Line)|
|Operated by||MTR Corporation|
|Platforms||4 (1 island platform (Tsuen Wan Line), 2 side platforms (West Rail Line))|
|Connections||Bus, public light bus|
|Previous names||Lai Wan|
The Tsuen Wan Line part of the station is a simple through station with a central island platform, located under Mount Sterling Mall, a pedestrian-only street between the rows of residential buildings in the Mei Foo Sun Chuen housing estate. The station is designed to facilitate transport needs of the residents of Mei Foo Sun Chuen housing estate, which has nearly 100 buildings and several schools, and the point of transfer between the Kowloon urban area and the new town of Tsuen Wan. If there is heavy traffic on the main road into urban Kowloon, the Kwai Chung Road, many commuters get off their buses and use this station as their link to Kowloon and Central on Hong Kong Island.
The station's original name was Lai Chi Kok during the planning stage, but upon its opening in 1982 the station was called "Lai Wan" (荔灣, meaning Lai Chi Kok Bay), and was renamed to its current name in 1985.
The West Rail Line (then known as KCR West Rail) part of the station was opened on 20 December 2003 along with the rail line. The station is located in the middle of Lai Chi Kok Park, slightly to the west of the Tsuen Wan Line's part of the station. The scenery of the park was greatly destroyed during the construction of the station, but the park was subsequently rebuilt over the station complex. The Tsuen Wan Line and West Rail Line stations merged into one station on 2 December 2007 in the MTR-KCR merger.
Both Tsuen Wan Line platforms share the same island platform. Unlike at Nam Cheong Station (where there is one cross-platform interchange between the Tung Chung Line and the West Rail Line), the Tsuen Wan Line and West Rail Line platforms are considerably far apart. The concourses for these platforms are a five- to ten-minute walk along a connecting passageway.
Although the West Rail Line platform is constructed at ground level, like Nam Cheong station, the track immediately north and south of the station is underground, which is why the station is covered and sealed off from the outside.
|R||Roof garden||Exit G, Lai Chi Kok Park, footbridge to Ching Lai Court, Lai King Hill Road|
|C||West Rail Line
|Exit F, customer services, washrooms|
|MTRShops, vending machines, ATMs|
|Side platform, doors will open on the left|
|Platform 1||West Rail line towards Tuen Mun (Tsuen Wan West) →|
|Platform 2||← West Rail line towards Hung Hom (Nam Cheong)|
|Side platform, doors will open on the left|
|G||Interchange passageway||Exit D, Lai Chi Kok Park, Lai Wan Road|
|Tsuen Wan Line Concourse||Exit A, B, C, E, Lai Wan Road, Mei Foo Sun Chuen|
|L1||Subway||Interchange passageway connecting West Rail Line |
and Tsuen Wan Line concourses
|L2||Tsuen Wan Line
|Customer Service, MTRShops|
|Hang Seng Bank, vending machine, ATMs|
|Octopus promotion machine|
|Platform 1||Tsuen Wan line towards Tsuen Wan (Lai King) →|
|Island platform, doors will open on the right|
|Platform 2||← Tsuen Wan line towards Central (Lai Chi Kok)|
- A: Broadway
- B: Mount Sterling Mall
- C1: Lai Wan Road
- C2: Humbert Street
- D: Lai Chi Kok Park (Lai Wan Road)
- E: Lai Wan Road
- F: Lai Chi Kok Park
- G: Lai King Hill Road
Mei Foo is a transportation hub due to its geographic location in the north-western end of Kowloon. All bus routes travelling between the suburbs of Tuen Mun, Tsuen Wan, Kwai Chung, Tsing Yi and Yuen Long in northwestern Hong Kong and the urban area of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island have to pass through Mei Foo. Major routes with stop at the "Mei Foo Railway Station" bus stop (Exit B for Kowloon bound buses and Exit A for New Territories bound buses) include: 30, 30X, 33A, 36A, 37, 40, 41, 42, 42A, 43C, 44, 45, 46, 52X, 58X, 59X, 60X, 63X, 66X, 67X, 68X, 69X, 234X, 238X, 265B, E21, E21A, N21, N21A, N241 etc.
Additionally, the following bus routes terminate at Mei Foo bus terminus (Exit A) or the nearby Lai Chi Kok (formerly Lai Yuen) bus terminus:
|2A||Lok Wah Estate, Kwun Tong|
|6||Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui|
|6C||Kowloon City Ferry Pier|
|38A||Riviera Gardens, Tsuen Wan|
|46X||Hin Keng Estate, Tai Wai|
|86||Wong Nai Tau, Shatin|
|98C & 98S||Hang Hau (North)|
|&||Shau Kei Wan|
|Wan Chai Ferry Pier|
|Tuen Mun Ferry Pier|
|81K||Hoi Lai Estate via Banyan Garden||D|
|90A||Kwai Chung Hospital via Ching Lai Court||A|
|90M||Highland Park via Ching Lai Court, Princess Margaret Hospital, Lai King Estate and Lai Yiu Estate||A|
|90P||Princess Margaret Hospital via Ching Lai Court||A|
|92M||Wah Yuen Chuen via Ching Lai Court, Princess Margaret Hospital and Cho Yiu Chuen||A|
- Yu, Pui-kwan, Robin, "A study on quasi-public space in large scale private residential development, case in Hong Kong" Archived 22 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, p. 28, University of Hong Kong, 2007
- "Mei Foo Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
- "Mei Foo Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
- "Bus stop". Kowloon Motor Bus.
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