PASSENGERS travelling on East Ayrshire trains are seeing their journeys disrupted as Storm Gerrit takes its toll on travel across the country.

ScotRail services on the Glasgow-Carlisle route, via Kilmarnock and Dumfries, were delayed or cancelled on Wednesday morning after flooding forced the closure of the line south of Sanquhar.

As this article was published, the disruption was expected to continue until 3pm on December 27.

ScotRail advised that those looking to travel should find an alternative route or consider travelling later.

The rail operator said it had secured replacement buses to run a shuttle service between Kilmarnock and Dumfries, calling at Auchinleck, New Cumnock, Kirkconnel and Sanquhar, until engineers say it is safe to reopen the line.

Trains between Glasgow and Kilmarnock, and between Dumfries and Carlisle, are not affected.

However, those travelling between Glasgow and other parts of Ayrshire - including the lines to Prestwick, Ardrossan and Largs - are being warned that journeys are likely to take longer than normal until Thursday, December 28 due to emergency speed restrictions put in place to cope with the weather.

The latest and updated information can be found online via the ScotRail website.