NO trains will run on Ayrshire's railway lines until after Thursday morning's rush hour, ScotRail has announced.

The rail operator says passenger services on several routes have been withdrawn until 10am on Thursday, February 17 to allow engineers to check that railway lines are not blocked by debris.

Network Rail tweeted a photo on Wednesday night showing a fallen tree which blocked the line and damaged an overhead wire gantry between Kilwinning and Stevenston.

But the company followed that up with a further tweet on Thursday morning announcing that the tree had been removed and the gantry repaired, with "final repairs ongoing".



There will be no passenger trains on any Ayrshire routes until around 10am on Thursday.

ScotRail says valid train tickets are being accepted on Stagecoach buses from Glasgow to Ayr, Kilmarnock, Dumfries, Carlisle and Stranraer, but that train tickets are NOT valid on bus routes towards Glasgow in the morning peak.

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