TRAIN operator c2c is putting on 100,000 extra seats over the bank holiday weekend.

The company, which runs the line from Shoebury to London Fenchurch Street, is putting on extra services and doubling the length of more than 300 trains.

The move is a bid to prepare for increased passenger demand over the three-day weekend and should help ensure another bumper weekend for businesses and events across the region.

Trains are expected to be busier than usual because of special events taking place across the capital, as well as the We are FSTVL music festival – taking place at Damyn’s Hall Aerodrome, near Upminster, which is on the c2c line.

Passengers have been forced to use replacement bus services over recent weekends, but no engineering work has been scheduled to take place over bank holiday.

Julian Drury, managing director of c2c, said: “We’re pulling out all the stops to provide more seats for anyone looking to make the most of the long weekend.

“We know there’s been a lot of weekend engineering work recently, but we’re now back open for business.

“Whether people want a day out in London, to head for the coast, or to dance the night away, c2c will help them get there.”

If the sun carries on shining at the weekend it is hoped thousands will be heading for the coast.

Derek Jarvis, cabinet member for leisure and tourism at Southend Council, said: “I’m sure c2c have done their research they are a very good business.

“The last few bank holidays have been extremely busy, and with people enjoying the lovely weather we are having at the moment, I’m sure this weekend will be no different.

“I compliment c2c for preparing ahead and putting on extra services for all the visitors who will want to come to Southend.”