Big switch at Hung Hom ahead of full services on Tuen Ma LineTop News | Michael Shum 8 Jun 2021
Commuters taking the West Rail Line at Hung Hom station will switch to a new platform starting on June 20, exactly a week before the full Tuen Ma Line begins service.
With the introduction of the new platform, passengers transferring between the West and the East rail lines will have to take escalators to the station's lobby to switch between the two.
Commuters will no longer be able to switch between the two lines at Hung Hom station by walking across the platform.
MTR head of operations Sammy Wong Kwan-wai said it will be a three-minute walk between the existing and new platforms and signs will be put up to guide passengers.
"We will deploy around 230 additional staff, put up notices and make public announcements to assist and remind passengers of the new arrangement," said Annie Leung Ching-man, a general manager at MTR.
Wong said the schedule of the first and last trains at West Rail Line, East Rail Line and the first phase of Tuen Ma Line will be fine-tuned to facilitate passengers changing trains.
The new interchange arrangement will last until the cross-harbor section of the East Rail Line is completed.
The East Rail Line will also be moved to the new platforms and be extended to serve the new Exhibition Centre station in Wan Chai.
The MTR Corp earlier said it is "challenging" to open the cross-harbor section of the East Rail Line by the first quarter next year, while lawmakers expect it to open by the end of next year or even by early 2023.
Wong said the new platforms at the Hung Hom station are more spacious and equipped with extensive facilities, including a "train car loading indicator," which will notify waiting passengers on the spaces left in the cars of the next train.
Other facilities on the platforms include screen doors, public toilets and air conditioning.
"The station concourse has also been revamped to create a spacious and airy environment," Wong added. "Together with new exits and more turnstiles, seats and ticketing machines, passengers will be able to enjoy a more convenient and comfortable journey."