Commuters face more havoc in storms

An amber weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for travel tomorrow morning (Thursday), with high winds and heavy rain forecast.

Clydelink have warned that, with winds gusting up to 45 mph, sailings between Kilcreggan and Gourock may be cancelled.

But the company which operates the SPT-subsidised service is not responding to reports of an incident at 3.20pm on Tuesday, when a Kilcreggan resident said they saw the Cailin Oir’s gangway fall overboard into the Clyde as the boat was near Kilcreggan pier.

A different gangway, described by passengers as more flimsy, was in use today (Wednesday).

Ferries across the region were cancelled on Monday, with the coast being battered by high winds; car drivers and bus passengers also faced chaos as roads including the A814 and B833 were blocked by floodwater and debris.

Argyll and Bute Council was forced to close primary schools in Kilcreggan and Rosneath for the day, and the authority will keep residents updated via its website and twitter feed, @argyllandbute.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “Argyll, right down as far as Stirling and Perth and Kinross seems to be in line for the worst of the rainfall. So we’re saying to people in those areas to be prepared.”

He advised people to check their route ahead of travelling and to leave extra time for journeys.