Rail operator Greater Anglia is to boost the capacity of its Stansted Express service this summer, with a total of 29,000 extra seats per week.

The move will see the number of carriages on “many” of its trains being increased from eight to 12.

The additional Stansted Express capacity is part of a wider boost in seats on Greater Anglia services, with over 100,000 extra seats per week being added from the start of the summer timetable.

The operator has hired 22 additional trains, for use on services between Cambridge and London, Hertford East and London, Stansted Airport and London, Bishop’s Stortford and Stratford, Southend Victoria and London and between Ipswich, Harwich International, Colchester Town, Chelmsford and London.

New stops will also be added at the newly-opened Cambridge North station, which has access to the Cambridge Science Park.

Commenting on the news Andy Camp, Greater Anglia’s Commercial Director said:

“As demand continues to grow we are delighted to be able to offer over 100,000 extra seats on our services this summer.

“These seats will mostly be available during the peak travelling periods to ensure a more comfortable journey for the one million passengers we serve every week.

“We are also operating many additional summer services, enabling great days out for both residents and visitors to East Anglia alike during the summer months.”