It’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.