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Prince Edward (Chinese: 太子; Cantonese Yale: Taaijí) is a station of the MTR rapid transit system in Hong Kong. It is located in Mong Kok, Kowloon, under the intersection of Nathan Road and Prince Edward Road West. The station is named after this road.

Prince Edward

太子
MTR
MTR rapid transit station
Prince Edward Station 2014 02 part1.JPG
Platforms 4 (foreground) and 3 (background)
Chinese name
Chinese太子
JyutpingTaai3zi2
Hanyu PinyinTàizǐ
Literal meaningPrince
General information
LocationNathan Road × Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok
Yau Tsim Mong District, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°19′28″N 114°10′06″E / 22.3245°N 114.1683°E / 22.3245; 114.1683Coordinates: 22°19′28″N 114°10′06″E / 22.3245°N 114.1683°E / 22.3245; 114.1683
Operated byMTR Corporation
Line(s)
Platforms4 (2 island platforms)
ConnectionsBus, public light bus, Mainland coach
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Platform levels2(excluding concourse)
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codePRE
History
Opened
  • 10 May 1982 (1982-05-10)
Services
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
Mong Kok
towards Central
Tsuen Wan line Sham Shui Po
towards Tsuen Wan
Mong Kok
towards Whampoa
Kwun Tong line Shek Kip Mei
Track layout
1
4
P1 (upper)
Prince Edward
2
3
P2 (lower)
3
4
P1 (upper)
Mong Kok
1
2
P2 (lower)
2
3
P1 (upper)
Yau Ma Tei
1
4
P2 (lower)
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Prince Edward
Location within the MTR system

HistoryEdit

As Prince Edward was primarily designed as a cross-platform interchange between the Kwun Tong and Tsuen Wan lines, although the Kwun Tong Line tracks had already been laid in 1979, the station was not used until the opening of the Tsuen Wan Line on 10 May 1982. During the first week of operation, the station served only as an interchange with no exits to the concourse or street level.

During the evening of 31 August 2019, amid the anti-extradition bill protests, the Hong Kong Police stormed Prince Edward station and were filmed beating passengers and firing pepper spray inside railway carriages.[1] The MTR closed the station during the incident, while the police refused to let medics enter afterward.[2] Some members of the public suspected that the station was blockaded to cover up serious injuries or deaths. The station subsequently became a flashpoint for continued discord, with protesters petitioning MTR to release CCTV footage from the evening of 31 August.[3] The incident at Prince Edward, as well as MTR's perceived kowtowing to Beijing (by closing stations near protests in the aftermath of criticism by Chinese state media for remaining operational), led to vandalism of other MTR stations. MTR condemned the vandalism and responded that the relevant CCTV footage would be kept for three years.[4]

LocationEdit

Prince Edward Station and Mong Kok Station are the two closest stations in Hong Kong. They are only about 400 metres apart and the train takes less than one minute to travel from one station to the other.

Station layoutEdit

G Ground level Exits
C Concourse Customer Service, MTRshops
Vending machines, Automatic teller machines
Octopus Promotion Machine
P1
Platform
Platform 1      Tsuen Wan line towards Tsuen Wan (Sham Shui Po)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2      Kwun Tong line towards Whampoa (Mong Kok)
P2
Platform
Platform 4      Tsuen Wan line towards Central (Mong Kok)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 3      Kwun Tong line towards Tiu Keng Leng (Shek Kip Mei)

Prince Edward is an opposite-directional cross-platform interchange station for southbound Kwun Tong Line passengers going towards Tsuen Wan and southbound Tsuen Wan Line passengers going towards Tiu Keng Leng. Mong Kok serves as the cross-platform interchange station for passengers travelling in the same direction.[5]

LiveryEdit

The station's livery is purple because of its association as a regal colour.[6]

Entrances and exitsEdit

All exits are within one block of Nathan Road, stretching from Prince Edward Road in the south to Playing Field Road in the north.[7] Prince Edward Station is primarily an interchange rather than a destination since there are only seven exits; neighbouring Mong Kok has fifteen.[8]

Transport connectionsEdit

Cross-border bus servicesEdit

There are stops of cross-border buses to Shenzhen, Dongguan, and Guangzhou on Playing Field Road (exit A) or Portland Street (exits C2 and D).

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chan, Holmes (1 September 2019). "Violence erupts across Hong Kong as police fire 'warning shots,' MTR closes 5 lines and officers storm train carriage". Hong Kong Free Press.
  2. ^ Tong, Elson (1 September 2019). "Hong Kong reels from chaos: 3 MTR stations remain closed, police defend storming trains, more demos planned". Hong Kong Free Press.
  3. ^ Chan, Holmes (6 September 2019). "Hong Kong lawmaker and protesters demand CCTV footage of police storming MTR station". Hong Kong Free Press.
  4. ^ "MTR Does Not Tolerate Any Violence or Malicious Act Causing Damage" (PDF). MTR Corporation. 8 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Prince Edward Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  6. ^ Ben Pang (17 November 2016). "Why are Hong Kong's MTR stations different colours? Central is red for a reason, and why Prince Edward is purple might surprise you". South China Morning Post.
  7. ^ "Prince Edward Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Mong Kok Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 29 July 2014.