Work will begin this week to rip up and replace gas pipes in Kincaidston following the explosion which rattled the community last month.

And member sof the community are being invited to ask questions of the gas network ahead of the works.

Scottish Gas Network are going to replace the old pipe system with new plastic pipes after residents voiced concerns about the safety of the existing network.

As part of the works, gas meters inside houses will be placed outside. Those in flats will have to remain inside.

A SGN spokesperson said: “Having listened to concerns from across the community, we’ll shortly start work to upgrade our gas network across the Kincaidston estate during the week commencing November 29.

“This week, we have been finalising plans for the project and will send out more information to residents the week commencing November 22. When replacing the gas services, we will be moving the majority of gas meters to an outside position.

“This will be housed in a secure meter box which we will also fit as part of the works. Where there are technical reasons or residents would prefer an alternative position we will discuss this with you.

“For the flats on the estate, the meter positions will remain where they are, although all the service pipes will be converted.

“We’d like to reassure you once again that our gas network in the area remains safe and will continue to be throughout this project.”

Drop-in sessions for residents and businesses will be held in the Kincaidston Community Pavilion on November 25: 3-5.30pm; November 26: 12-6pm; and November 29: 10am-5pm.