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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.

Mei Foo

美孚
MTR
MTR rapid transit station
MTR MEF (10).JPG
Station exterior (West Rail Line building near exit G)
Chinese name
Chinese
Cantonese YaleMéih fū
Literal meaningGracious Confidence
General information
LocationTWL: Mount Sterling, Mei Foo Sun Chuen, Lai Chi Kok
WRL: Lai Chi Kok Park, Lai Chi Kok
Sham Shui Po District, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°20′17″N 114°08′15″E / 22.3381°N 114.1376°E / 22.3381; 114.1376Coordinates: 22°20′17″N 114°08′15″E / 22.3381°N 114.1376°E / 22.3381; 114.1376
Owned byMTR Corporation (Tsuen Wan Line), Kowloon–Canton Railway Corporation (West Rail Line)
Operated byMTR Corporation
Line(s)
Platforms4 (1 island platform (Tsuen Wan Line), 2 side platforms (West Rail Line))
ConnectionsBus, public light bus
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeMEF
History
Opened
  • 17 May 1982 (1982-05-17) (Tsuen Wan Line)
  • 20 December 2003 (2003-12-20) (West Rail Line)
Previous namesLai Wan
Services
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
Lai Chi Kok
towards Central
Tsuen Wan line Lai King
towards Tsuen Wan
Nam Cheong
towards Hung Hom
West Rail line Tsuen Wan West
towards Tuen Mun
Track layout
2
1
1
2
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Mei Foo
Location within the MTR system
Tsuen Wan Line platform
West Rail Line platform

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.

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HistoryEdit

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"[1] (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.

 
Faregates between West Rail Line and Tsuen Wan Line out-of-use after merger

Station layoutEdit

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
concourse
Exit F, customer services, washrooms
MTRShops, vending machines, ATMs
P
Platforms
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
concourse
Customer Service, MTRShops
Hang Seng Bank, vending machine, ATMs
Octopus promotion machine
L3
Platforms
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)

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Entrances/exitsEdit

  • 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[3]

Transport connectionsEdit

Bus routesEdit

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.[4]

Additionally, the following bus routes terminate at Mei Foo bus terminus (Exit A) or the nearby Lai Chi Kok (formerly Lai Yuen) bus terminus:

Route Destination
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)
 102  &  N122  Shau Kei Wan
 171  South Horizons
 904  Kennedy Town
 905  Wan Chai Ferry Pier
 N237  Kwai Shing
 N260  Tuen Mun Ferry Pier
 N269  Tin Tsz

Minibus routesEdit

Route Destination Exit
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

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ "Mei Foo Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Mei Foo Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Bus stop". Kowloon Motor Bus.