MTR Station Improvements
In the early 1990s, it was decided that new MTR stations would be designed to provide full accessibility to passengers with special needs. Stations along the airport railway, including Kowloon Station, were among the first in Hong Kong to offer barrier-free access when they opened in 1998.
Farrells were subsequently commissioned to design retrofits to 24 older underground stations. New lifts were provided to facilitate barrier-free access between the platform and concourse levels, as well as between the concourse and the various street-level station entrances. Other additions included wide fare gates, tactile floor paths, wheelchair ramps, and modification of potential obstructions to passengers with visual impairment.
Under a separate West Island Line contract, Farrells similarly redesigned Sheung Wan Station to improve accessibility and configure it for bidirectional operation.