Why was a disabled man charged more to travel by taxi? Plus the men building a steam train for the 21st century, and the reason why burlesque was banned in Hebden Bridge.
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Welcome to Inside Out from the National Railway Museum in York.
Good evening, and welcome to Inside Out, I am Toby Foster. Later, we
will find out about plans to build a brand`new steam train designed by
the man who built this beauty. First, why do many disabled people
have to pay more to travel by taxi? We test a handful of firms to find
out. Can I have a receipt. It was ?20. Also, we meet the enthusiasts
building a new steam engine from the original 1930s designs. And it has
been banned by a Yorkshire Council ` welcome to the new burlesque. It is
regressive. I think it is empowering.
I get a taxi into work every Friday and Saturday night, and I always
know what it's going to cost me ` ?20 from my house into the centre of
Sheffield. But if you're a wheelchair user, it seems, it's not
that simple. One man from Keighley has found that he has been quoted
sometimes more than double the normal fare. So, we decided to
investigate. Meet Paul Anderson. He lives in Riddlesden near Keighley
and he travels to work in Bradford every day. Most of the time he
drives himself in his specially adapted car but sometimes he takes a
cab. I might use a taxi if I'm going to an area where I can't park my own
car. I also use a taxi if I'm going on a night out. I do occasionally
use taxis around and about where I work in Bradford because it's easier
than trying to find a parking space. Paul works for a disability charity
and some of his friends and colleagues have discovered that they
seem to be paying a lot more for taxi journeys than the rest of us,
which doesn't seem fair. But what does the law say? If a provider has
an accessible vehicle within their fleet and they charge the disabled
person a higher rate for using that vehicle than a non`disabled person,
it would be likely that a court would find that unlawful. In fact,
according to the Equality Act, it's unlawful to discriminate against
disabled people when providing them with goods and services, like a
taxi. And yet apparently, it's still happening. A number of wheelchair
users have come to me and said that they have experienced being charged
higher prices. Please can I get a quote on a taxi. So we decided to
test the theory. Paul got together with one of our researchers and rang
31 taxi firms in the Bradford and Keighley area to see what they would
charge a wheelchair user as opposed to an able bodied person. Out of
those 31, 12 firms quoted at least a 30% increase, rising to well over
100% for some firms. 11 didn't have any suitable cars and one couldn't
give a quote when we rang. Out of the 31, only seven quoted us the
same price, or slightly more. It would be interesting to look into
what is behind the firms who were quoting up to 50% difference. So,
that is what we did. We picked the four firms which according to our
research, quoted the biggest mark`up on disabled cars.
Only seven companies out of 31 quoted
`` This is what happened. Paul's office is at the Carlisle Business
Centre in the Manningham area of Bradford. So for each of the four
cab companies, we're going to call a taxi for me, and one for Paul, and
do exactly the same journey to the street Paul lives in in Keighley.
First up, Euro Cars of Bradford. I wonder if you could give me a quote
for a taxi from the Carlisle Business Centre in Bradford to
Grange Road in Riddlesden, Keighley? It's showing up about ?13. Sorry I
forgot to say, it needs to be wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair
one? Oh that'll be more than that then ` about ?20. Amazingly, the
operator is completely open about the fact that Paul will be charged
over 50% more because he's in a wheelchair. Where about you going?
Grange Road, Riddlesden. Well, that's Paul on his way. So now I'm
going to call a cab from the same company and see what they charge me.
Can I order a taxi please? Where from. I am at the Carlisle Business
Centre. I will get someone to do now, Mr Foster. Thanks, goodbye.
Let's see what happens, shall we? Paul and I arrive safely in our
cabs, which interestingly are both around the same size, but the damage
to Paul's wallet is a fair bit more than to mine. I've got my receipt,
it says ?15. It was actually ?14, he just put an extra pound on the
receipt. How much was yours? ?20.50 but he charged me ?20. So we came
exactly the same route and yours was ?6 more. So onto our second company
` First Choice taxis of Keighley. Hello, first choice? Can I order a
taxi please? Can I order a taxi for order to three? `` quarter to three.
We ask them to send two cabs to take us back from Keighley to Bradford,
but this time there's a bit of confusion as they send Paul a
non`accessible car. Hi there, it's Paul. I ordered a wheelchair
accessible taxi and you've sent a normal one. Are you going to be able
to sort me out? I haven't got wheelchair accessible cab at the
moment. Luckily, Paul's condition means he is able to stand for short
periods so he manages to get in a second cab sent by the company and
off we go back to Bradford. So we're back here at the Carlisle Business
Centre. ?13, that journey. Let's see what Paul gets charged. Just ?13
please. So this time, we both get charged the same amount. And yet it
took longer to get you in and out of the car? Yes, it takes longer to get
someone with a wheelchair into a car, and sometimes that is an excuse
for charging more. It is an amazing difference in price between the
Bradford form dumb Akram and the Keighley firm, nearly 50% more. It
is a big difference and would make a big difference to a disabled person
to find that extra ?7. Day two, and Paul and I are ready to test out two
more taxi firms ` so you know the drill. Can I have a wheelchair
accessible taxi? Can I have a taxi to the Carlisle Business Centre? The
two companies today are Girlington All Over and Bank Top Taxis, both
based in Bradford. So off we go on exactly the same journey as
yesterday. Or this way and go up the top of the lane, go down that way.
Go down here. It is not far. There is a car park on the Drop me over
there, but is fine. And you've guessed it? Paul, we've had two
days. `` can I have a receipt please? We
have used four different taxi firms. One gave us the same price
and the rest, 12 or ?13, yours was ?20. It seems to be the way. We had
a bit of a problem with the last one. The car was not wheelchair
accessible. We left the car park and he said, I think I have a puncture.
There is something wrong with my engine, and he stopped, and he took
us back and kicked us out. And that taxi, again, charge to try ``
charged you ?20. It will be interesting but taxi firms say when
we put it to them, would? It would. It'll be interesting to see how it
will be justified. Bank Top Taxis told us they actually asked another
firm to pick Paul up after their driver had a puncture, so they
couldn't take responsibility for what was charged. Girlington All
Over weren't available for interview, but the boss told us that
they had now changed their policy and are now charging disabled
passengers the same as everyone else. The only fair we could speak
to on camera was Euro Cars. I am here to see them now. On the day,
two taxes, same journey, I got charged ?14, Paul got charged ?20.
What is the difference? We have only two tariffs. We have a minibus
tariff and a normal car tariff. The Equality Commission told us that
taxi companies need to make what they call "reasonable adjustments"
to their fares to ensure that disabled people aren't discriminated
against. Do you think you're doing that? I can see both sides. I can
see where you're coming from, but the price of a wheelchair accessible
minibus is considerably more than a normal minibus. It has to be
converted. They need ramps and clamps and things like that, which
cost a lot of money. We are going to review our prices in March but at
the moment, we've only two tariffs. So, some hope then that things might
change, but at the moment it seems that despite what the law says, Paul
may still be paying more than me to get around by taxi.
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Coming up on Inside Out... It has been banned by a Yorkshire Council `
welcome to the new burlesque. Six years ago, a group of
enthusiasts built a new steam engine from scratch. Now they are going to
do it all over again, and this time, it will be much bigger.
Six years ago, an extraordinary thing happened. People across the
world sat up and watched. A group of enthusiasts built a brand new steam
engine to run on Britain's main line. At times it was tricky. One is
in danger of burning one's Hinkley C... It took 18 years and cost ?3
million. But when it work, no one was more delighted than them. Yes!
This engine is named Tornado, and may God bless all who are lucky
enough to drive behind her. Today I am at Barrow Hill near Chesterfield
to find out what happened next, and to find out about plans to do the
impossible once again. Barrow Hill is a fascinating place if you're
mechanically minded. There's every type of locomotive here. Some are
being repaired, some are being restored, but all are the object of
someone's affections. And this is where we find Tornado. But to be
honest, in a few more bits than when I last saw it. We have had some
damage in the past. John Wilkinson used to be a banker. He swapped
spread sheets for steam and has now gone loco full time. Hello, John.
What is the story here? I was expecting to see Tornado ready to
go, but there are sparks flying and it is not going anywhere. What is
the story? The way we like to present the engine is clean and as
you would expect, but you have to come and do all of the jobs. We have
to lift parts off and strip things down to get to where you want to
work. It can be a matter of weeks rather than days. Out of sight, out
of mind. It is not hauling passengers are earning money? Ella
mac we would like it to be earning, but we needed to be reliable. `` we
would like it to be earning. There is a lot at stake. Tornado has
pulled the Royal Train three times, starred in an episode of Top Gear
and delighted thousands of passengers. Its reputation as a
steam star has gone global. These hands had to clean. Have you got a
job? We have a superb job lined up for you. Should I be worried?
Always! One quick change and an induction to spanners later... The
whole thing will come off. It will be heavy.
I think this is today's 20 minutes of exercise sorted out. One of the
interesting things about working at the front of the engine is you are
reminded just how long it took to build because these cylinders were
cast not far away from here, just down the road. That has long closed.
It's a housing estate. How are we going get this off? Not a word of a
lie. It took three of us 20 minutes, using a selection of tools and words
not necessarily in the dictionary to wrestle this off. No wonder they
call it a piano front. That was a really big job and just one
component, too, which makes me wonder, the people who look after
it, surely they have enough on. Why on earth do they want to build
another steam engine? 80 years ago, a prototype locomotive rolled out of
the Doncaster plant works. This is the most powerful steam locomotive
ever built in Britain. If you go back to the origins of the design,
they were designed for a specific role and that was to haul heavy
trains from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, when the trains were getting the
Google cache more luxurious during the early 1930s. Why build another?
This locomotive can haul more coaches. It will be able to haul
those coaches up steeper hills than the other locomotives, and Hills
equals beautiful scenery. Beautiful scenery equals more passengers. The
official works portrait of the first of these locomotives reveals these
is dashed their size. `` reveals their size. This is number 2001,
with another famous steam name ` Cock O The North. However a lot of
the engineering and even some of the parts are the same as on Tornado.
What do you need? Let's start with the wheels. You have two of the
front to lead them locomotive into tight curves, eight other wheels and
two wheels at the back to support the weight. Next come the frames.
Think of them is a big metal rectangle that hold everything in
just the right place. It's normally the part build first. The P2 has
three cylinders and they conferred the seeming to war power which is
transmitted to the reels by connecting rods. To make this team,
you need a boiler. Think of that like a big cattle. It gives ?250 per
square inch. At this end of the boiler, you have a box which collect
the waste gases from the fire and sends up the chimney. You have two
defectors to make sure the smoke is lifted well clear of the cab. The
other end of the boiler, the driver sits. Stickler: The water on the
back and you have just created a living, breathing monster, capable
of hauling hundreds of tonnes. Six of them were built but they were all
ultimately scrapped which means the closest you'll get to seeing one is
as a model, like here, at the National Railway Museum in York.
Terrific stuff. You may know the name of the man who designed the
machine, Nigel Gresley. It is very unusual to see footage of him.
Anthony Coulis is the senior curator at the National Railway Museum. He
created something that would pull the side of the house. He was not
averse to being influenced by people. The very fact that the first
one was tested here as well. He was working as an international level.
Are you excited about seeing one for what would have been the first time?
I think so. It is such a different way. The engines have been described
as his Enigma variations. They are all slightly different. You know
that this is going to do the job but he had the eye towards the athletic.
The maestro signed off his symphony eight decades ago. He could never
have guessed that one day, the plans would be taken from a museum, dusted
down, scanned into a computer and catalogued, ready to build another
one. And already one big decision has been taken. How did that royal
connection come about? Prince Charles was kind enough to name
Tornado. He enjoyed himself on the day. You were there, Tom, and saw
that. He has been kind enough to ask us to pull the Royal train on two
occasions since then. We were thinking about what we should name
them locomotive. There was only one name that came to mind and that was
Prince of Wales. This is the Darlington workshop.
Right now, it is filling with people and activity all over again. These
wooden patterns are being cleaned off, ready to be sent to the foundry
which will cast the very first parts for the brand`new steam engine. The
trust has already raised ?300,000 towards the cost. They reckon they
will need around ?5 million but buoyed by their successful Tornado,
they claim they can do the job by 2021.
Burlesque entertainment is enjoying something of a revival but after one
Yorkshire Council banned the show, some have questioned whether it is
liberating or demeaning for modern women. John Harris investigates the
politics and the business behind the new burlesque.
The finishing touches before a show. But for some, this type of
entertainment crosses a line. Burlesque is sexual entertainment
and I do think it's regressive. I would say it's totalling empowering.
There are those who think it's very raunchy, like striptease. Rubbish.
It's not just about stripping. Burlesque is booming. More classes
are being set up, training would`be performers in the art of the tease.
The question is, does the new burlesque empower or demean women in
21st century Britain? In a city centre store, shop assistant Emma
Knight tempts a customer. Within hours, she'll offering a different
exotic mix. How I you? Thank you for coming. Outside a Leicester night
club, the former university student is transformed into her stage
personality, Eliza De Lite, a rising international star of modern British
burlesque. The thing to overcome about burlesque is that it's not
about the nudity. It's about what you are not showing and teasing the
audience with fabric and costumes. Eliza is one of an increasing number
of burlesque performers in a thriving East Midlands scene. She
runs her own club. A lot of burlesque performers are coming off
a stage wearing more than you would see on a beach. Burlesque with pens
and felt tips. Artists onstage and sketched by artists in the audience.
There is no traffic to stop the Yorkshire performer, , but the new
burlesque revival almost shuddered to a halt when a council banned her
show. As soon as somebody tries to tell me what I chose to do with my
time, and what is a genuine passion in my life, I'm going to fight for
that. The Hebden Bridge Picture House in West Yorkshire, where
burlesque was banned. There were a lot of concerns by a sizeable number
of people in the community. I went to see Susan Press, the chair of the
town's Picture House Committee. Her politics were forged in the heat of
1970s feminism. I see it as a sexual form of entertainment and it's
regressive and it's something we fought against a generation against
in the '70s and it's sexually orientated. This is Jeremy Vine on
BBC radio 2... The ban was gold`dust for radio phone`in hosts. Die in
Toby Foster investigates why a disabled man has to pay more than him to travel by taxi, Tom Ingall meets the men building a steam train for the 21st century and John Hess finds out why burlesque dancing was banned in Hebden Bridge.