5 October 2000
KCR University Station extended to provide passengers with a more spacious and comfortable travelling environment
An extension project was carried out at KCR University Station in late 1998 with a view to providing passengers with a better service and to coping with the patronage growth in the north-east New Territories. The works had now been completed and the extended University Station was officially opened today. From now on, passengers can enjoy a more spacious and comfortable environment at University Station.
Officiating at the Completion Ceremony of KCR University Station today were Mr K Y Yeung, Chairman & Chief Executive, Mr Y T Li, Deputy Director, East Rail, Professor Arthur K C Li, Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Professor Rance Lee, Head of Chung Chi College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The extension project of University Station consists of two major parts, expanding the main concourse at ground level and adding a new upline plaza. The floor area of the station concourse has been increased by 150%, from 800 square metres to 2,000 square metres.
The newly extended concourse is equipped with one ticket office, twelve entry / exit gates, three ticket vending machines, as well as two Add Value Machines for Octopus and one Octopus Enquiry Processor. In addition, there are four escalators, a staircase and a lift to speed up the flow of passengers. Toilets and shops are also provided for passengers’ convenience.
Entry / exit gates and ticketing facilities are available at the upline plaza to facilitate passengers travelling to and from the University. With a capacity for handling more than 90,000 passengers a day, the extended University Station is able to cope with the growth of patronage in the next 15 years.
"In line with the development of the society, the railway, being an environmental friendly and efficient mass carrier, will assume an even more important role. Apart from extending the railway network to tie in with the transport strategy of the government, efforts are made to improve the existing service so as to ensure a smooth and pleasant journey for our passengers," said Mr K Y Yeung, Chairman and Chief Executive.
Following the completion of Fo Tan and University Station improvement works, concourse extension work at Fanling is underway and the extension work at Kowloon Tong Station is about to start. Major extension works at Sheung Shui and Tai Wai Station will commence once the East Rail extension project has been finalised.
The HK$72.4 million University Station Concourse Extension project was designed by Leigh and Orange Ltd., with KIER Hong Kong being the main contractor.