How to do it

Tube travel with a buggy

I’ve sometimes sat on the tube, staring at the line map opposite and pondered just how few stations have step-free access. Up until now, I’ve been lucky that I haven’t had to navigate the underground’s rare lifts but while I may have been cleared to drive, it’s only a matter of time until Minnie and I end up taking to the tube to get around.

I’m currently exploring sling options to give me an alternative to lugging the Bugaboo up and down flights of stairs – although at least it’s relatively lightweight if I’m forced to, as both my local stations are lift-free – but someone else has realised there’s plenty of us trying to work out how to get from A to B underground.

I first heard about the Mumderground app on the A Baby On Board blog and it’s the kind of idea that’s so simple you can hardly believe no-one thought of it before.

The app, for iPhone/iPod, lets you choose your starting station and destination and it’ll tell you the easiest route as well as tips on the best entrance, which stations have step-free access, and details of stairs, escalators and lifts. It’s not free but for £1.49, it’s a fraction of the cost of a single journey and I suspect it’s got the potential to be very very helpful. Yes, an app I’m actually prepared to pay for…

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