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Kowloon Tong () is a station on MTR's Kwun Tong line and East Rail line in New Kowloon, Hong Kong. The station serves Kowloon Tong and its vicinity, including Yau Yat Tsuen, the Festival Walk shopping centre, City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University. It is in both Kowloon City District and Sham Shui Po District. This station serves as one of the three interchange stations for the East Rail line, leading up to the New Territories and entry point to mainland China. Therefore, it is one of the busiest stations in the system (the other interchange Tsim Sha Tsui/East Tsim Sha Tsui is less convenient).


History


On 1 October 1910, KCR British Section opened, including Beacon Hill Tunnel, but without any station at Kowloon Tong. Kowloon Tong station on the KCR opened on 4 May 1982, serving as an interchange point with the MTR. On 1 October 1979, Modified Initial System phase 1 opened to the public, including Kowloon Tong station. When the Tsuen Wan line opened, the Modified Initial System was split into two lines, and Kowloon Tong become a station of the newly designated Kwun Tong line. A new underground southern concourse for the East Rail line was opened on 15 April 2004 to increase the station's capacity. The project included a new 60-metre subway linking to the MTR concourse (meaning the station now has two subways for transferring passengers). The new 1,800-square-metre concourse also included a new entrance (entrance D) on To Fuk Road. A passenger lift was also installed at entrance E at this time. On 2 December 2007, MTR–KCR merger happened, Kowloon Tong station become solely operated by MTR, but the turnstiles separating the respective concourse of Kwun Tong line and East Rail line were not removed until 28 September 2008.


Station layout


There is a reserved space for a track connecting the East Rail line and the Kwun Tong line in the westbound tunnel just outside Kowloon Tong station towards Shek Kip Mei. The space was originally designed to allow Metro-Cammells to be transferred to the Kwun Tong line when they were unloaded at Hung Hom, but the track was never built as the MTR decided to use lorries to carry all of its train carriages to the Kowloon Bay Depot. Note that the platforms for both the East Rail line and the Kwun Tong line are called platforms 1 and 2.


Entrances and exits


A pedestrian walkway connects the station with Festival Walk, a major shopping centre. ;Kwun Tong line concourse *A1: Suffolk Road *A2: Hong Kong Baptist Hospital/Hong Kong Baptist University *B: Suffolk Road *C1: Hong Kong Productivity Council *C2: Festival Walk/City University of Hong Kong *E: EDB Education Services Centre ;East Rail line southern concourse *D: Public Transport Interchange ;East Rail line northern concourse *F: Kent Road ;East Rail line platform 2 (ground level) *G1: To Fuk Road *G2: Festival Walk ;East Rail line platform 1 (ground level) *H: Hong Kong Productivity Council Exit H is also accessible from the East Rail line northern concourse. It is possible to walk between Exit A and E in the vicinity of the station without entering the paid area. The same goes for Exit B, C, F and H.


References


{{Sham Shui Po District Category:Kowloon Tong Category:MTR stations in Kowloon Category:East Rail line Category:Kwun Tong line Category:North South Corridor Category:Former Kowloon–Canton Railway stations Category:Railway stations in Hong Kong opened in 1979 Category:1979 establishments in Hong Kong