|MTR rapid transit station|
|Literal meaning||Blue field|
|Location||Lei Yue Mun Road, Sai Tso Wan|
Kwun Tong District, Hong Kong
|Operated by||MTR Corporation|
|Platforms||2 (1 island platform)|
|Connections||Bus, public light bus|
Lam Tin (Chinese: 藍田; Cantonese Yale: Làamtìn) is a station on the Hong Kong MTR Kwun Tong line built as a part of the extension to Quarry Bay. The station is linked to the nearby hillside community of Lam Tin by a series of escalators.
In the 1980s, the Eastern Harbour Crossing (EHC or EHT) was planned by the colonial government. Following the successful performance of the MTR since 1978, the government decided to extend the Kwun Tong line through a new tunnel to Quarry Bay.
It was later decided that before the entrance to the tunnel, trains would stop at a station in the Lam Tin Valley, where it goes into the Sai Tso Wan Hill and then underground to the entrance of the tunnel.
The station was opened on 1 October 1989. As part of his official visit with the then Princess of Wales to Hong Kong, the Prince of Wales officiated the opening of the station, in which a commemorative plaque remains on display to this day.
After the opening of the EHC, Lam Tin, with the MTR station and bus terminals, became a crucial transport interchange in east Kowloon. The station serves passengers between Tseung Kwan O and other parts of Kowloon, as well as between Hong Kong and Kowloon.
Platform screen doors have been in use since late August 2005.
The EHC has now been taken over by the Tseung Kwan O line (TKO) running from Po Lam/LOHAS Park to North Point. Passengers wanting to take the EHC from the Kwun Tong line now have to change trains at Yau Tong.
Platforms 1 and 2 share the same island platform. Like Lai King station, Lam Tin station is built on an elevated platform, in which half of the platform is immersed into the Lam Tin Hill and so the station is sealed like other underground stations (but it is mixed as an elevated, ground level, and underground station).
The concourse is the first floor down the escalators from the hillside exits. It is divided into two parts: the paid area and the non-paid area. The paid area has escalators down to the platforms and has a postbox, while the non-paid area links the exits and houses a Hang Seng Bank branch.
Between the paid and non-paid areas there are the entrance gates and a customer service centre which serves both areas.
(Kai Tin Road)
|Subway to Kai Tin Road and Lam Tin North|
|Customer service, MTRshops|
|Hang Seng Bank, vending machines, automatic teller machines|
|Footbridge||Footbridge to Sceneway Garden|
|Transport interchange, subway to Kai Tin Road|
|Platform 1||Kwun Tong line towards Tiu Keng Leng (Yau Tong) → |
|Island platform, doors will open on the right|
|Platform 2||← Kwun Tong line towards Whampoa (Kwun Tong)|
- A: Kai Tin Estate
- B: Public Transport Interchange, Sceneway Plaza
- C: Lei Yue Mun Road
- D1: Sin Fat Road
- D2: Sceneway Garden
The station offers, on a trial basis, an accessible car service for passengers using wheelchairs. On demand, the service will transport the passengers from either exit A or D1 to exit C, which is accessible.
Following the MTR station's opening in 1989, the area around Lam Tin station has been developed into a major transportation interchange in Hong Kong. The shopping centre and Sceneway Plaza above the transportation interchange adjacent to the station were built on a site that used to be occupied by a hillside squatter village.
The original Lam Tin community has also seen several rebuilding projects since the station had been built. The interchange has brought in new residential and commercial demand in the community. The bus termini, the Lei Yue Mun Interchange, and other public transportation facilities had transformed the Lam Tin area into an important transportation hub as well as a commercial and residential centre.
- Hong Kong Guide 2004, HKSAR Government, February 2004.
- Hong Kong Guide 2005, HKSAR Government, April 2005.
- "Lam Tin Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
- "Lam Tin Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
- "Launch of Free Accessible-Car Service at Lam Tin Station to Facilitate Needs of Passengers in Wheelchairs" (PDF). MTR Corporation. 12 August 2016.
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