Railway Facilities

The 11-hectare underground station will be located in West Kowloon next to the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) and connected to the WKCD as well as MTR Kowloon Station and Austin Station. Provision will be made at the immigration halls to facilitate the co-location of boundary control facilities. The Express Rail Link is expected to carry about 109,200 passengers daily for passenger service, similar to the current cross-boundary traffic at Hong Kong International Airport.

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Photomontage of West Kowloon Station

The Station and major facilities will be mainly underground on four main floor levels accommodating:

  • Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) facilities
  • Departure lounges
  • Passenger arrival and departure halls
  • Underground track area with 9 long-haul platforms and 6 shuttle platforms
  • Duty-free outlets
  • Food and beverage outlets
  • Station parking and loading facilities

Photomontage of West Kowloon Station Concourse

A large-scale at-grade traffic-free cultural plaza connecting the ground level of the West Kowloon Station, Kowloon Station, Austin Station and the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) will be provided, creating a high quality open space for the public.

The plaza, approximately 8,900 square metres in area, will have a substantial amount of vegetation to create a green space connecting the landscape deck above the Public Transport Interchange to the ground level of the WKCD area and providing a comfortable environment at the entrance to the main hall of the Station.

Photomontage of West Kowloon Station Greenery Plaza

    The West Kowloon Station will be a railway hub, with convenient linkage to the Airport Express Kowloon Station and Austin Station on the West Rail Line through at-grade pedestrian zones, footbridges and subways. It is estimated that Kowloon Station will be some eight to ten minutes' walk from the Station, while it will take only two to three minutes to walk from the Station to Austin Station. Travelators, escalators and lifts will be installed for most of these footbridges and subways to provide barrier-free public access.

    Access to the West Kowloon Station Bus Terminus located at the north of the Station, will be only one minute's walk away.

    The journey times to various locations from the Station by MTR (Interchange at Kowloon or Austin Stations) are:

  • Tsim Sha Tsui5 minutes
  • Central10 minutes
  • Tsuen Wan10 minutes
  • Yuen Long20 minutes
  • Sha Tin25 minutes
  • Tung Chung25 minutes
  • Taikoo Shing30 minutes
  • Kwun Tong35 minutes

The journey time from the Station by road transport is:

  • Kwun Tong, Tseung Kwan O 15 to 20 minutes (after the completion of the proposed Central Kowloon Route)
  • Shatin, Yuen Long, Hong Kong International Airport 30 minutes
  • Photomontage of West Kowloon Station Pedestrian Links

The Government has conducted a traffic study of the new development area in West Kowloon. The purpose of the study is to improve road and pedestrian connections, and to tackle the congestion at some of the junctions in West Kowloon. Specific works suggested by the traffic study include the following:

  • construction of an underpass connecting Austin Road West (near Canton Road) and Lin Cheung Road (north of Jordan Road), separating the inter-district traffic from local traffic, thus providing unobstructed access to the West Kowloon Cultural District, the Station and Kowloon Station;
  • improvement works at the Canton Road/Austin Road junction, including exploring construction of a Canton Road Underpass and extending the existing pedestrian subway system;
  • implementation of other network improvement works, linking the West Kowloon Cultural District directly to the nearby highways, to alleviate the burden on the local transport network.

Shek Kong Stabling Sidings (SSS) and Emergency Rescue Siding (ERS) will be located to the east of the Shek Kong Barracks. SSS are required for short-term stabling, routine cleaning and light maintenance services for the high-speed trains. ERS is an essential safety facility to provide an emergency escape exit for passengers and access for rescue teams in case of fire or other emergencies in trains or tunnels necessitating passenger evacuation.

Photomontage of Shek Kong Stabling Sidings (SSS) & Emergency Rescue Siding (ERS)

To cater for emergency rescue operations, there will be eight emergency access points along the tunnel alignment. Seven of the emergency access points will be within ventilation facilities, which will be located at Mai Po, Ngau Tam Mei, Pat Heung, Shing Mun, Kwai Chung, Nam Cheong and Mongkok West.

The dedicated emergency access point will be located at Tai Kong Po. All of the emergency access points will provide easy access for rescue teams in the event of emergency.

Photomontage of Mai Po Ventilation Facility


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