TRAVELLERS are facing a second day of disruption on trains to and from Helensburgh thanks to the after-effects of Storm Gerrit.

ScotRail has warned that trains on the Edinburgh-Helensburgh line will not operate west of Dalmuir until a full inspection of the line has been carried out.

Trains were badly disrupted on the Helensburgh Central route on Wednesday - first when a tree fell on to overhead electric wires above the railway at Dumbarton East station, and then when severe flooding forced the closure of the rail line at Bowling station for the rest of the day.

The last of the Storm Gerrit weather warnings expired at midnight - but the rail operator says it needs to carry out a full inspection of the affected area before it can decide whether it's safe to run trains again.

Trains on the Helensburgh-Edinburgh route are not running west of Dalmuir, while those on the Balloch-Airdrie line are not operating west of Hyndland.



A ScotRail spokesperson said: “Because of severe weather affecting Scotland on Wednesday, December 27, several routes will be disrupted on Thursday, December 28 until routes have been checked to ensure it’s safe to run trains again.

“Please check your entire journey before setting off for the station.”

A replacement bus shuttle is running between Helensburgh Central and Dumbarton Central, leaving Helensburgh at 25 and 55 minutes past each hour and leaving Dumbarton at 05 and 35 minutes past.

In addition, ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper have cancelled all trains on the West Highland line via Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead, Arrochar & Tarbet and Ardlui stations.

ScotRail says tickets dated for travel on December 27 will be accepted for travel on December 28 and 29.

Update: ScotRail announced the Helensburgh railway line has been fully opened shortly after 10.30am on Thursday, December 28.

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