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Rail users face strike disruption

Rail passengers were warned to expect disruption as workers with the train operator providing services in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex prepare to strike.

The Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and Aslef workers at National Express East Anglia begin the first of three planned strikes on Thursday.

The 48-hour action is part of a dispute over pay and conditions.

The rail company said if members from both unions strike "we would not expect to be able to run any train services".

RMT leader Bob Crow said earlier: "RMT members are not prepared to be the victims of the National Express franchise chaos and they are determined to fight for a decent pay rise and for decent working conditions.

Alternative routes

"This company has made half a billion in profits out of our members over the past decade, it's a scandal that they are offering their staff peanuts in return."

National Express said it had taken part in "lengthy negotiations" and had offered the unions a salary increase above the rate of inflation.

If strike action does take place, passengers were advised to consider alternative routes.

In Essex, passengers were advised to use c2c services from Southend to London.

From parts of Norfolk, passengers can use a combination of East Midlands Trains and First Capital Connect services from Norwich to Ely then on to London.

From parts of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, passengers can consider using First Capital Connect services from Kings Lynn and Cambridge to London.

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