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My wife is travelling from Marylebone to Liverpool street in London and plan to walk from Marylebone to Baker Street before getting the underground to Liverpool Street. The tfl journey planner suggests that the Metropolitan line can do this...but my wife will have a small baby, a suitcase and a buggy/pushchair with her - meaning steps are hard.

Could someone tell me if Baker St and Liverpool St tube stations contain steps? If so, what's the best way to minimise the number of stairs required? A brief guide on how to get from the Marylebone Road entrance of Baker Street to the correct platform (Metropolitan Eastbound?) would be ideal.

This is probably a bit of a silly question, but I really want to help my wife minimise problems on her journey and knowing the route in advance would be a big help to reduce stress.

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    I forgot to add, at Baker St she should board the 3rd carriage from the front. I used to commute Baker St -> Liverpool St and back.. – Gayot Fow Aug 1 '17 at 20:26
  • Thanks for your reply. Do the Metropolitan and Circle line trains go from the same platform? My understanding was that they don't, but it's been a long time since I was in Baker St. – os1 Aug 2 '17 at 6:58
  • the Circle and Hammersmith & City line share the same platform and both go to Liverpool St. The signs are very clear about which trains are east bound. If you think the tube journey from Baker St is too arduous with luggage and children and your wife is in Marylebone, the Central Line is at the bottom of Marylebone High Street and basically step-free. But on the Central Line to Liverpool St it's important to board the first (or last) carriage. – Gayot Fow Aug 2 '17 at 7:45
  • Based on your criteria should it also be assumed that the use of escalators are also out of the question, or do you think your wife could handle them? – skifans Aug 2 '17 at 9:17
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    @sp1 Metropolitan line trains use one set of platforms, Circle and Hammersmith & City Line use a different set of platforms, at Baker Street. All use the same platforms at Liverpool Street. – Muzer Aug 2 '17 at 11:21
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There is no lift access to any platform at Baker Street (there are though escalators to all platforms, my view from your description of the situation is that you'd want to avoid these as well but if you feel you could use them then your original route would be fine). There is lift access at Liverpool Street station but only to the eastbound Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan (the central line has loft access in both directions).

This leads us to possible alternatives, my personal view is that in your wife's situation id also be minimising the total distance I'd want to walk but she already feels capable of walking to Baker Street. You haven't given an exact address, but if you feel your wife could walk a little further to Paddington station she could board an eastbound Circle or Hammersmith & City line train to Liverpool using only lifts.

If your wife feels unable to walk to Paddington Station might she still be able to manage the likely nearer Marylebone Station? There are no direct trains from here to Liverpool Street, she would have to take a Chilton service to Chorleywood, before boarding a Metropolitan line service back to Liverpool Street. While this route has the least amount of walking and steps, it adds a considerable detour taking around 2 hours.

Have you also considered using buses, pushchairs can be placed on London buses provided the space is vacated for a wheelchair passenger should one arrive. The 205 bus runs every 6-10 minutes during the peak and links Baker Street to Liverpool Street.

Sources and potentially useful information: Information on steep free access including a download link for a map showing which stations have lift access (avoiding stairs tube guide): https://tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/wheelchair-access-and-avoiding-stairs#on-this-page-0

This journey planner has an option under preferences for step free access: https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

205 bus timetable: https://tfl.gov.uk/bus/timetable/205?fromId=490000011D

Information about using your buggy: https://tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/getting-around-with-your-buggy?intcmp=41227

The Station Master app (not affiliated) offers 3D maps of most stations that you may find useful. You'll need to buy the app to get all of them but they do have Liverpool Street, Baker Street and Paddington available as free samples on their website.

This site also contains 3D maps of some tube stations.

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