TRAINS to and from Helensburgh have returned to normal after almost 24 hours of disruption due to Storm Ciara.

ScotRail announced at around 6pm on Saturday that it was unable to operate trains on the Helensburgh Central route due to high winds and large waves at Craigendoran interfering with the power supply.

By 10pm the train operator was warning passengers that the disruption was expected to continue until at least the end of service on Sunday.

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Trains on the Helensburgh-Edinburgh route were not calling at any stations west of Dumbarton Central, with a replacement bus shuttle running between East Princes Street in Helensburgh, outside Helensburgh Central station, and Station Road in Dumbarton.

However, after the weather conditions eased, services resumed with the 5.25pm train to Edinburgh on Sunday evening.

But due to forecast high winds, ScotRail decided on Sunday to cancel all trains on the West Highland line, via Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead and Arrochar & Tarbet.

Subject to an inspection of the route, trains between Glasgow Queen Street and Oban, Fort William and Mallaig are expected to resume at around 12 noon on Monday.

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Scotland TranServ also announced on Sunday lunchtime that the Erskine Bridge had been closed to high sided vehicles due to the high winds from Storm Ciara.

But as the winds eased, that warning was downgraded later in the day, with the bridge opened to all vehicles and drivers advised to use caution on the crossing.

Meanwhile, Met Office's severe weather warnings for Scotland have now been extended into a fifth day.

In addition to yellow 'be aware' warnings for wind on Sunday, and wind and snow on Monday and Tuesday, a further yellow warning – this time for snow and ice – is now in place for the Helensburgh area, along with most of Scotland, parts of northern England, and all of Northern Ireland, between midnight and 12 noon on Tuesday.

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