Island Line (MTR)

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Causeway Bay station.
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An Island Line train abounding in heaps of passengers during peak hour
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As part of the Quarry Bay Congestion Relief Works completed in 2001, platform 3 in North Point station has been built to accomodate passengers travelling between the Template:Island Line and the Template:Kwun Tong Line. The platform now serves the Template:Tseung Kwan O Line since its opening in 2002.
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A train waiting to depart from Chai Wan station, terminus of the Island Line.
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Plaque of MTR Island Line opening ceremony held at Tai Koo Station on May 31, 1985 by Sir Edward Youde, then governor of Hong Kong

The Island Line (Chinese: 港島線) is one of the six lines of the MTR metro system in Hong Kong. It runs from Sheung Wan in Central and Western District to Chai Wan in Eastern District. The line first opened in May 31 1985

The line is indicated with the colour blue.



The Hong Kong Government authorised the construction of the 12.5 kilometre long Template:Island Line in December 1980, after rejecting plans to extend the tram to Chai Wan. On 31 May 1985 the Island Line opened with service between Admiralty and Chai Wan stations. Both Admiralty and Central stations became interchange stations with the Tsuen Wan Line. Furthermore, each train was extended to eight cars. On 23 May of 1986, service reached Sheung Wan station.

After the Kwun Tong Line was extended to Quarry Bay station on 1 October 1989, the station became an interchange station with the Island Line. In a response to congestion at Quarry Bay station due to the popular interchange located there, the government recommended the Quarry Bay Congestion Relief Works project, and decided to expand North Point station to include a second interchange with the Kwun Tong Line, starting construction in September 1997.

The North Point interchange opened on 27 September 2001, and proved to be a much more efficient method of interchanging, as the new station featured cross-platform interchange, reducing the time required to interchange from four minutes at Quarry Bay station to less than one minute. On 4 August 2002, North Point and Quarry Bay became interchange stations with the new Tseung Kwan O Line.

For the future, extensions were considered towards Kennedy Town, but never came into fruition as the plan required land reclamation on the western coast of Hong Kong Island, which was scrapped due to cost. However, the current plan for the new lines to Southern District would require parts of the Western extension in order for it to be completed.

According implementation options revealed by MTRC in February 2005, the Island Line will be extened to Kennedy Town, and the South Island Line (West part) to University station. This opinion suggests there would be two stations, University and Sai Ying Pun, set up between Kennedy Town and Sheung Wan in the West Island Line.

If the "North Island Line" is built along the current coast of the Island, the Island Line would be divided by the Tseung Kwan O Line and Tung Chung Line, with the former running to Sheung Wan and the latter to Chai Wan.

Route features

The Island Line is the MTR line that resembles the London Tube the most, as many stations along this line are rather deep underground. This is due to a lack of available land for construction (the construction plans for the line required it to be built under major roads). Only the segment of the line east of Shau Kei Wan has space for track development and thus the line emerges to the surface at Heng Fa Chuen, and then on a viaduct all the way to Chai Wan.


This is a list of all the stations on the Island Line. The coloured boxes holding the station names represent the unique colour motif for the station.

Template:Island Line Stations


* Proposed

See also

Template:Commons Template:MTRzh:港島綫


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