Monday, 24 October 2016

Two More MTR Stops

Passengers crowded into the new stations to check them out
Hong Kong now has two more MTR stops on the Kwun Tong or green line.

It used to start or end at Yau Ma Tei, but now Whampoa and Ho Man Tin have been added.

The two stops were supposed to open last August, but there were engineering problems, space constraints and limited construction hours to avoid disturbing residents.

A map on the train showing the new MTR stops
However, the over one year delay didn't deter excited commuters who were ready to ride the train at 6.10am yesterday, a Sunday morning.

Even before the shutters were barely raised, over 100 people rushed into Whampoa station and cheered as the train pulled away from the station.

However seconds later the train came to a sharp halt and Adi Lau Tin-shing, operations director at the MTR explained that with any new system, new equipment and operation, there will be teething problems that have to be resolved.

But the people on the new train didn't seem to mind -- they were just too excited to have consistent transportation in their neighbourhood, or they are MTR diehard fans.

Some people were really, really excited to be on the first train
Already 108,000 people used the new stations up until 5pm yesterday, but the station is designed for some 146,000 passengers a day.

It is hoped the new stations will relieve traffic congestion in Hung Hom district, while Ho Man Tin station will become the biggest interchange station on the MTR network as it will eventually connect with the Sha Tin to Central line.

While it's exciting to see more areas becoming easily accessible, it's also the sad reality they are becoming more gentrified too...


2 comments:

  1. The MTR has lost some luster and respect in recent years... but when looking at housing, proximity to an MTR station remains very important for the likes of me. And at the risk of sounding like a trainspotter: I must admit to wanting to visit every single MTR station in Hong Kong... though it's true enough that I've not yet dragged myself out to the likes of Lohas Park just yet, and also have not yet been to either Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau! ;b

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    1. HI YTSL -- I made it to Po Lam yesterday! And have definitely been to both Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau!

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