Singapore Buses route 973 is a bus service from Bukit Panjang to Hume Avenue, passing through Pending Road, Petir Road and Hillview Avenue, connecting Pending, Petir and Hume residents to Hillview and Bukit Panjang stations on the Downtown Line. Service 970 connects through Downtown Line stations from Bukit Panjang to King Albert Park.
Due to buses having to filter right along Upper Bukit Timah Road near Hillview MRT Station, Bus Service 973 does not call along Upper Bukit Timah Road towards Bukit Panjang (namely 43061 Upp Bt Timah Rd (Hillview Stn)). As such, commuters must alight at new bus stop 42991 Upp Bt Timah Rd (Bef Hillview Stn Exit B) and walk to Hillview MRT Station.
This service uses MAN NL323F. For Hillview MRT Station, commuters boarding Bus Service 973 towards Hume should board at 43069 Upp Bt Timah Rd (Opp Hillview Stn), just outside Hillview MRT Exit A.
Commuters boarding towards Bukit Panjang should also board at 43891 Dairy Farm Rd (Aft Dairy Farm Cres).
Formerly, when the service was launched in February 2017, there was no direct bus stop connection to Hillview MRT Station. Commuters had to walk from nearby Dairy Farm Rd or Hillview Ave Bus Stops which had no sheltered walkway to the MRT Station. It was only in May 2017 when Service 973 was finally made to call at Opp Hillview Stn towards Hume.
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