Easier tube travel with tiny babies – Mumderground iPhone app

Baby on the tubeIt’s funny how things change. One minute your child-free self is sprinting down the platform for the last train home at midnight and easily squeezing onto an inch of tube space under someone’s armpit. The next, you’re faced with maneuvering a pram and crying baby up or down a million flights of station steps with no lift.

Needless to say, getting around on London’s public transport network with small children can be a struggle, so the news that an app has been launched to make this much easier was very welcome. The Mumderground iPhone app is a guide to pushchair-accessible journeys on the London Underground. You select your starting station and the app will tell you the best entrance to use, as well details of the easiest route to your destination. There’s also details of which stations have amazing step-free access as well as the number and direction of all stairs, escalators and lifts.

As someone who lives in south London, it would be great to see it extended to cover trains as well as the tube, but it’s a brilliant start and a really simple and easy-to-use app. If only it would actually carry your pram up three flights of steps for you. Anyway. download it from iTunes here.

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  1. August 30, 2012 / 9:17 am

    What a genius idea – definitely have to check this out. Thanks!

    • gillian
      August 30, 2012 / 8:43 pm

      It’s so clever, isn’t it? I’ve been telling everyone I know! x

  2. shirley Edwards
    September 3, 2012 / 11:52 am

    will the same app work for people in wheelchairs

    • gillian
      September 5, 2012 / 9:50 am

      Good point, yes the same would apply – using a pram has really made me realise how hard it must be for people to get around in wheelchairs, London is so inaccessible isn’t it?

  3. September 5, 2012 / 7:27 pm

    This is an amazing app. We visited London recently, although we were baby free at the time we did wonder how we would cope with a return visit with our pram and toddler.

    • gillian
      September 7, 2012 / 11:16 am

      It’s brilliant, isn’t it? I seem to spend so much of my time plotting the best route with a pram (or avoiding the tube altogether if I’m by myself) so it’s a great solution.

  4. September 8, 2012 / 12:12 pm

    Just to comment on Shirley’s point (Hi Shirley, I’m the developer of Mumderground)…I was thinking a rebrand for people in wheelchairs or crutches etc…wasn’t sure how useful it might be as they also need info on gaps, ramps etc..?

    Thanks for the interest. And thanks Gillian for the great write up =)

    • gillian
      September 17, 2012 / 8:10 pm

      Hi Jennie – you’re welcome, it’s such a good app! I’ve been telling everyone about it. It really makes you think about how terrible it must be if you have to use the underground to get around if you’re in a wheelchair as about 80% of it is completely inaccessible via lifts. The rebrand sounds like it could be really useful (Shirley is my mum – hi mum! – and uses a wheelchair, and we avoid the tube like the plague when she visits).

  5. September 15, 2012 / 7:20 pm

    this sounds so useful, but I don’t have an iphone! just an extremely un-smart blackberry…

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