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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.


If you have got any views on that story, or what to tell us about


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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.

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