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Sha Tin (Chinese: 沙田; Cantonese Yale: Sātìn), formerly known as Sha Tin Railway Station[1] (Chinese: 沙田火車站 or Chinese: 沙田鐵路站[2]) is a station on the East Rail Line of Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system. The station is located in the town centre of Sha Tin.

Sha Tin

沙田
MTR
MTR rapid transit station
Sha Tin Station Platform 2011.jpg
Platform 2
Chinese name
Chinese沙田
JyutpingSaa1tin4
Hanyu PinyinShātián
General information
LocationSha Tin Station Circuit/Pai Tau Street, Sha Tin
Sha Tin District, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°22′57″N 114°11′15″E / 22.3825°N 114.1875°E / 22.3825; 114.1875Coordinates: 22°22′57″N 114°11′15″E / 22.3825°N 114.1875°E / 22.3825; 114.1875
Owned byKowloon–Canton Railway Corporation
Operated byMTR Corporation
Line(s)
Platforms4 (island platforms)
ConnectionsBus, public light bus
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Platform levels1
Disabled accessYes
History
Opened
  • 1 October 1910 (1910-10)
Electrified1983
Services
Preceding station MTR MTR Following station
Tai Wai
towards Hung Hom
East Rail line Fo Tan
towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau
East Rail line
Race days only
Racecourse
towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau
Former services
Preceding station KCR Following station
Mong Kok
towards Kowloon
KCR British section University
towards Lo Wu
Track layout
1
3
2
4
Location
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Sha Tin
Location within the MTR system

The station was formerly on the main line of the Kowloon–Canton Railway (KCR), but since KCR's merger with the MTR, it belongs to the East Rail Line of the MTR.

Citylink Plaza, which has a footbridge link to New Town Plaza, is built on top of the station. The station serves two large bus termini with buses going to many places around Hong Kong (such as Sai Kung or Tung Chung). One is on an elevated surface, adjacent to the concourse level. The other is at ground level in New Town Plaza.

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HistoryEdit

The station originally opened in 1910. The railway was single-track at that time, but Sha Tin Station had a passing loop. The station office was housed in a single-storey stone building.

Sha Tin Station was rebuilt in the early 1980s in preparation for the railway's electrification. On 6 May 1982, Sir Philip Haddon-Cave unveiled a plaque in the concourse of Sha Tin Station to open the first phase of electric service, which spanned from Hung Hom to Shatin initially. At the same time, daily service hours to Sha Tin were extended from 10:30 pm to midnight.[3] Electric service was extended to Tai Po on 2 May 1983, and to Lo Wu (the full length of the KCR British Section) on 15 July 1983.[4] The new station initially had a branch of Hang Seng Bank, for people with need of coin exchange and banking services.[2]

The Citylink Plaza, an HK$82 million building that originally housed the headquarters of the KCR Corporation as well as many government offices, was built on top of the station and opened in 1983.[5]

The station concourse was substantially renovated from 2010 to 2013.

Station layoutEdit

There are two island platforms for platforms 1 and 2, and platforms 3 and 4 respectively.

Trains normally stop at platforms 2 and 3. Platforms 1 and 4 are used in the following occasions:

  • for special departures during peak hours (platform 4 for southbound) and race days (platform 1 for northbound),
  • to serve as buffers when the train frequency is high during peak hours, or
  • to allow non-stop trains to overtake local trains.
  • This station's layout is similar to Tai Po Market station
- Above station Citylink Plaza, taxi stand
C Concourse
  • Exits/Entrances, bus terminus
  • Customer Service Centre, toilets
  • Shops, vending machines
  • ATMs, lockers
Platform
level
Platform 1      East Rail line towards Racecourse race days (Terminus)
     East Rail line towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau (Fo Tan)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Platform 2      East Rail line towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau (Fo Tan)
Platform 3      East Rail line towards Hung Hom (Tai Wai)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Platform 4      East Rail line towards Hung Hom (Tai Wai)

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ExitsEdit

Transport interchangeEdit

Number Termini Notes
KMB
85K Sha Tin Station ↔ Heng On Estate
86K Sha Tin Station ↔ Kam Ying Court
86S Peak Hours only
88X Fo Tan Station ↺ Ping Tin
89X Sha Tin Station ↔ Kwun Tong Station
170 Sha Tin Station ↔ Wah Fu Jointly operated with Citybus
N170 Night bus
263 Sha Tin Station ↔ Tuen Mun Station
798 Fo Tan (Shan Mei Street) ↔ Tiu Keng Leng Station To Tseung Kwan O Only

GMB routes 27, 27A, 60K, 62K, 66K, 67A, 67K, 68K, 69K and 809K Serve this station.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Declaration of the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower as a Historical Building under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance. Hong Kong: Urban Council. 19 February 1990. p. 6 – via Hong Kong Public Libraries multimedia information system.
  2. ^ a b 配合電氣化火車服務恆生沙田站設辦事處. The Kung Sheung Daily News (in Chinese). Hong Kong: Industrial and Commercial Daily Press. 8 June 1982.
  3. ^ "KCR's electric wonder". South China Morning Post. 7 May 1982. p. 1.
  4. ^ Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation Annual Report 1983. Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation. 1984.
  5. ^ "Shatin public to get better service". South China Morning Post. 26 July 1982. p. 13.
  6. ^ "Sha Tin Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Sha Tin Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 22 November 2014.