A new on-demand bus service that was meant to be launched in Watford has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Watford Borough Council, in partnership with ArrivaClick, was set to launch the town’s demand responsive service in March.

But in light of Government guidance over the coronavirus outbreak, which includes avoiding unneccssary social contact, the scheme will now be launched later this year.

The service will see passengers be able to call for a minibus at the touch of a button and like a taxi - people will be taken to their doorstep or destination.

Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “Whilst it is disappointing not to be launching this month, we need to make sure we are following guidance and doing all we can to keep people in Watford safe and healthy. The good news is that everything is in place to introduce this exciting new way to get around the town once the time is right.

"We will follow closely the expert advice about using public transport and keep people posted in the weeks ahead. ”

Adam Toone, Business Development Director, added: "The safety of our staff and customers is paramount and in light of current circumstances, we don’t believe this is the right time to be launching our ArrivaClick Watford service.

"Our team have worked hard over the last six months, which will enable us to launch the service when the time is right. In the meantime, we’ll be closely following public health guidelines and doing everything we can to keep key services running. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep everyone in the know on the new launch date. ”

The buses, which will be delivered by ArrivaClick, are fully accessible, with front kerbside double door access and a low-level fold-out wheelchair ramp. Passengers can pre-register as a wheelchair user. There will also be space for pushchairs.

Journey prices will range from £1 to £2.50 per mile, while weekly passes will also be available.