Tsuen Wan station
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Tsuen Wan (Chinese: 荃灣; Cantonese Yale: chyùnwāan) is the northern terminus of the MTR Tsuen Wan Line in Hong Kong. It is the only station on the Tsuen Wan Line at ground level. It is located in the northern central part of Tsuen Wan New Town, New Territories West. The preceding station is Tai Wo Hau.
|MTR rapid transit station|
|Location||Sai Lau Kok Road × Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan|
Tsuen Wan District, Hong Kong
|Operated by||MTR Corporation|
|Platforms||2 (side platforms)|
|Connections||Bus, public light bus|
It was the westernmost station in the MTR system until the opening of the Airport Station in 1998. It was also the northernmost station in the MTR system until the MTR–KCR merger.
The station opened as part of the line opening on 10 May 1982. A commemorative plaque in the station concourse, near exit A, was unveiled by Acting Governor Sir Philip Haddon-Cave. The station was designed as an intermediate station with two side platforms, with trains terminating at Tsuen Wan West, further northwest near Tsuen King Garden, different from the present West Rail Line Tsuen Wan West Station. The area around the proposed terminus had a poor development record and it was decided to not build a station there, even though tracks had already been laid. This explains why the station uses different platforms for loading and unloading. After leaving the unloading platform, trains enter the section of track beyond the station to proceed to the Tsuen Wan Depot or reverse back to the loading platform to go towards Central.
New roads and shopping centres were set up around the station, and a private housing estate was also built directly above the station. A bus interchange was set up under one of the shopping centres.
The usage of the station was not very high when it opened in 1982 as the station was located in the northern edge of Tsuen Wan town and the connecting infrastructure was incomplete, making it difficult to attract residents in the town centre to take the MTR.
With over 20 years of development, the area around the station gradually took over as the town centre. Several shopping malls were constructed near the station, and an extensive footbridge network was built to connect to nearby shopping malls, the original town centre, and some villages to the north. The station also acts as an important transportation interchange, with numerous bus and minibus routes serving near the station. Commuters from northwest New Territories used to change buses at this station to continue their journey into Kowloon by MTR, before the West Rail Line opened in 2003.
The station was refurbished twice. In the early 1990s, a Chinese-style design was introduced inside the station. This design was completely removed after the second refurbishment in 2004, where more shops were set up in the station (a common practice of MTR station refurbishments in the 2000s). Gates were relocated to handle more passengers.
Platforms 1 and 2 are both located at ground level, and the tracks are located right next to each other. One platform is used for boarding and the other is used for alighting. Two new exits have been built next to Platform 1, allowing passengers to leave the station without going up the escalators and coming back down again. Passengers entering the station via these exits will have to take an escalator up to the concourse, cross to the other side for the down escalator for Platform 2.
|Tsuen Wan Centre, Luk Yeung Sun Chuen, Luk Yeung Galleria (last two on opposite side)|
Tai Ho Road North
|U1||Concourse||Exits A-C, customer service, MTRshops|
|Hang Seng Bank, vending machines, automatic teller machines|
|Octopus promotion machine|
|Exits||Exit D, E, Public light bus stops|
|Side platform, doors will open on the left|
|Platform 2||Tsuen Wan line towards Central (Tai Wo Hau) →|
|Platform 1||← Tsuen Wan line termination platform|
|Side platform, doors will open on the left|
|Depot||MTR Tsuen Wan Depot|
Entrances and exitsEdit
- Concourse (U1)
- A1: New Town Mall
- A2: Bus Terminus
- A3: Government Offices, Discovery Park
- A4: Bus Stop
- B1: Fou Wah Centre
- B2: Kolour Tsuen Wan, Panda Hotel
- B3: Sai Lau Kok Road
- C: Luk Yeung Sun Chuen
- Platform 1 (G)
- D: Green Minibus Stop
- E: Sam Tung Uk Museum 
- → : One-way operation
- ↺ : Circular operation
- bold: Tsuen Wan Station as terminus of route