(Defunct) SMRT Bus Service 979M

SMRT Bus Service 979M was a trunk service plying from Bukit Panjang and looping at Choa Chu Kang North 5 within the Yew Tee estate. It passed through Woodlands Road, Choa Chu Kang Drive, and Choa Chu Kang North 6.

Introduced on 24 April 2016 on a temporary basis, the route offered a direct connection between Bukit Panjang and Choa Chu Kang North 5, while road widening works at Stagmont Ring were still in progress. This was the first temporary route launched under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

Bus Service 979M was integrated into the amended Bus Service 979 and withdrawn on 22 July 2018.

Bukit Panjang Int ↺ Choa Chu Kang Nth 5 (Loop)
Bukit Panjang Int
Petir Rd
Blk 183
Bt Panjang Rd
Ten Mile Junction Stn
Woodlands Rd
Opp Blk 632 CP
Woodlands Rd
Opp Blk 704
Choa Chu Kang Dr
Opp Yew Mei Green Condo
Choa Chu Kang Nth 6
Opp Blk 765
Choa Chu Kang Nth 5
Blk 708
Choa Chu Kang Nth 5
Blk 702
Choa Chu Kang Dr
Aft KJE Slip Rd
Woodlands Rd
Blk 632 CP
Woodlands Rd
Opp Ten Mile Junction Stn
Woodlands Rd
Aft Bt Panjang Stn
Upp Bt Timah Rd
Bukit Panjang Int
Petir Rd


Technical Information
Route WAB_logo_20px
Bukit Panjang Bus Interchange Choa Chu Kang North 5 (Loop)
Passed Through Bukit Panjang Rd, Choa Chu Kang Dr, Choa Chu Kang North 6
Route Length 9.0 km
Travelling Time 35 mins
Operator Information
BCM Route Package Choa Chu Kang – Bukit Panjang Bus Package (Temporary)
Former Operator SMRT Buses Ltd
Former Depot Kranji Bus Depot (KJDEP)
Former Fleet 12-metre Double Decker Bus:
Alexander Dennis Enviro500
12-metre Single Deck Bus:
Departure Times from Bt Panjang
0600hrs – 2330hrs (Daily)
Frequency Loop Service
All Day: 30 mins

Bus Service 979M was a residential trunk route serving within the housing estates at Stagmont, connecting housing blocks along Choa Chu Kang North 5 and 6 with connections to key transport nodes at Bukit Panjang MRT / LRT. It duplicates SMRT Intratown Service 307 along Choa Chu Kang North 5 and 6.

Bus Service 979 was originally planned to serve Choa Chu Kang North 5 before continuing its route to Yew Tee MRT Station from Bukit Panjang. However, due to the restrictions at the junction of Stagmont Ring and Woodlands Rd, Bus Service 979 was launched in tandem with the opening of the Downtown Line Stage 2 on 27 Dec 2015 and plied KJE instead of Stagmont Ring.

Hence, Bus Service 979M, introduced on a temporary basis, serves as an interim direct link for Choa Chu Kang North 5 residents to Bukit Panjang MRT Station, albeit the Downtown Line station already operating for 4 months at launch date. It is the first temporary bus route to be introduced under the Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP).

The junction works at Stagmont Ring and Woodlands Road were completed on 1 July 2018. With the amendment of Bus Service 979 to serve Choa Chu Kang North 5 via Stagmont Ring on 22 July 2018, Bus Service 979M was withdrawn.

Route Poster
Route Poster

Bus Service 979M also served the following amenities along its route, benefiting residents living along Choa Chu Kang North 5 and Villa Verde Estate:

  • MRT/LRT Stations:
  • Schools:
    • Regent Secondary School
  • Shopping Centres:
    • Bukit Panjang Plaza
    • Junction 10
  • Choa Chu Kang Stadium
  • Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex
  • Choa Chu Kang Sports Centre
Route Variant:

Fares: Charges fares for regular trunk services. See Bus Fares for exact fares.


Operator History:

  • 24 Apr 2016 – 21 Jul 2018: SMRT Buses Ltd

Route History:

  • 2016 (24 Apr): Introduced under the LTA’s Bus Service Enhancement Programme (BSEP) as a temporary service, plying from Bukit Panjang  and looping at Choa Chu Kang North 5. Wheelchair accessible at launch.
  • 2017 (04 Sep): Amended to Bukit Panjang ITH.
  • 2018 (22 Jul): Integrated with Service 979 and withdrawn.

Past Routings:

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10 thoughts on “(Defunct) SMRT Bus Service 979M

  • 8 February 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Should have more frequent bus 979..esp morning rush hour.It takes 20-25 mins to bukit Panjang downtown line…Omg!

  • 20 December 2016 at 8:49 AM

    There is convenience to me,thank you.

  • 28 July 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Is it possible to increase the frequency of the buses coming ? I mean waiting 30 mins for a bus is kind of a rip off. My grandmother travels to bukit panjang mrt to do some shopping and always ends up having to wait for 979M that takes half an hour or more to wait for it that she gets so fed up

  • 18 May 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Hi.. I wondering why only it does to have only 2 or 1 double deck buses. Why not few? As it is quite many passenger in this bus not only in peak hours.

    • 31 May 2016 at 8:45 PM

      There is bus 979 and 307 to support the bus

  • 30 April 2016 at 7:46 AM

    why 979m dont stop at blk 634?

    • 2 May 2016 at 2:16 PM

      Hi Yolo,

      Bus Service 979M does not stop at Block 634, CCK North 6 as Bus Service 979 will not stop there also once the Stagmont Ring works are complete.
      If 979M were to stop there, residents will lose out the direct link to Bukit Panjang when 979 is amended and 979M is withdrawn.

      Land Transport Guru Admin Team

      • 27 July 2016 at 6:15 PM

        then y stop @ nursing home (opp yew mei grn condo)? stagmont ring seem 2 be aft the stop?

        • 22 June 2018 at 10:58 PM

          Ppl staying at the area you said can just dump 307 and walk to the nearest bus stop to catch your 979. The ones losing out without direct link to 979 or bukit panjang are residents who stay around blocks 613. Look at Google map, no nearest bus stop, residents must transform into a vehicle to go mrt. Failed town. To residents there, 307 and 302 is a trunk judging based on bus stop distances away from the estate


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