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Strikes hit the City hard

THOUSANDS of commuters on the National Express East Anglia line were hit by the second in a series of 48-hour strikes yesterday, and are set for further chaos today as workers continue to walk out over pay.<br /><br />The industrial action, which started at midnight on Wednesday night, has hit the City hard, as the affected line is used by thousands to get into the financial district.<br /><br />More than 200,000 passengers are shuttled between Liverpool Street, Colchester, Southend and Norwich every day.<br /><br />Both the unions and National Express say they are eager to re-enter talks and end the dispute.<br /><br />Two more 48-hour strikes are planned for 13-14 August and 20-21 August if the dispute is not settled.<br /><br />The train operator said it has improved its initial pay offering, and that it has invited negotiator Acas into talks.