SMRT Bus Service 972M is a route variant of Service 972, operating from Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange and looping at Orchard Road, passing through Bukit Panjang Estate and Newton MRT. Following the Controversy over Bus 700 withdrawal and Bus 171 & 972 amendment, Service 972M was introduced as a mitigation measure to retain connectivity along Dunearn Road and Scotts Road. The route was originally intended to be the amended route of Service 972 itself.
Service 972M commences service on Sunday, 30 August 2020.
|Route||Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange ↺ Orchard Road (Loop)|
|Passes Through||Senja Rd, Jelapang Rd, Segar Rd, Fajar Rd, BKE/PIE, Dunearn Rd / Bukit Timah Rd, Scotts Rd, Orchard, Dhoby Ghaut|
|Route Length||41.6 km|
|Travelling Time||135 mins|
|BCM Route Package||Choa Chu Kang–Bukit Panjang Bus Package|
|Current Operator||SMRT Buses Ltd|
|Current Depot||Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)
Majority of buses park at: Ulu Pandan Bus Depot (UPDEP)
|Current Fleet||12-metre Single Deck Bus:
– Mercedes-Benz OC500LE
|12-metre Double Deck Bus:
– Alexander Dennis Enviro500
– Volvo B9TL
|Departure Times from Bt Panjang
|05:45 – 22:50|
|Loop Service||11 – 12 mins||16 – 19 mins||11 – 16 mins||25 mins|
|Fare||Charges regular distance fares
Service 972M was introduced to retain connectivity for commuters along Dunearn Road and Scotts Road, following the withdrawal of Services 700 & 700A in August 2020.
The routing for Service 972M was originally presented as a route amendment for Service 972 that took effect from 16 August 2020. However, these plans were met with strong negative feedback from Bukit Panjang residents who relied heavily on Service 972 as a direct bus service to the city via the Expressway, citing higher fares (due to the longer distance travelled via Newton MRT), and resulting in longer travelling time, partly contributed by known congestion issues around Dunearn Rd / Bukit Timah Rd and Newton Circus. (Main article: Controversy over Bus 700 withdrawal and Bus 171 & 972 amendment)
Following discussions with the Members of Parliament for Bukit Panjang, the Land Transport Authority as well as the Ministry of Transport, Service 972M was introduced as a mitigation measure, while the route of Service 972 remains unchanged.
MRT / LRT Stations Served:
- DT1–BP6 Bukit Panjang
- BP13 Senja
- BP10 Fajar
- BP9 Bangkit
- DT10 Stevens
- NS21–DT11 Newton
- NS22 Orchard
- NS23 Somerset
- NS24NE6CC1 Dhoby Ghaut
- Whitley Rd (Aft Tanglin CC) → Bukit Panjang Int via Orchard Road
Weekdays: 07:33 & 08:03
- Penang Rd (Dhoby Ghaut Stn Exit B) → Bukit Panjang Int
Weekdays: 18:28 & 18:41
- Service 972: Bukit Panjang Int ↺ Orchard Road (Loop)
Daily, via Stevens Road
- 30 Aug 2020 – Present: SMRT Buses Ltd
The Bus Service Operating License (BSOL) for this route will be renewed in 2023 under the Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package.
- 2020 (30 Aug): Introduced from Bukit Panjang to Orchard Road (Loop) via Newton MRT as part of the mitigation measures in response to planned bus roite changes along the Downtown Line 2 Corridor. Wheelchair-accessible at launch.
- Chee Hong Tat 徐芳达 – Facebook