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NOW CLOSED Do you travel by train with a child in a buggy? Take part in a short survey and win £200 of high street vouchers

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 08-Feb-12 16:17:47

We've been asked to find out what you think about travelling by train with a child/children in a buggy/pushchair. Please take a few minutes to share your views and experiences by filling in the survey below. 

The survey is open to all UK Mumsnetters who have travelled by train with at least one child who uses a buggy/pushchair in the past four months. 

If you would like to take part in the survey, please click here.

Everyone who takes part will be entered into a prize draw, where one MNer will win £200 of high street vouchers.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw!

MNHQ

Tortington Wed 08-Feb-12 16:21:04

i think its so expensive to travel by train that i could hire a golden coach.

today cost me over £50 to travel peak time to london return

what a rip

as you were

Kveta Wed 08-Feb-12 16:42:36

can't complain about NX East Anglia, but my child is a bloody nuisance on all forms of transport. I'm taking him into London next week, and slightly dreading it!

(As an aside, that may be the last survey I can tick the 25-29 age group box sad <weeps, agedly>)

Petrean Wed 08-Feb-12 16:55:40

I have dreadful south west trains experiences, they are horrendous. sad

Pascha Wed 08-Feb-12 17:15:56

Thank goodness I don't have to do a train journey more than twice a year. I hate it. Shame my son doesn't.

Can you take part even if your child is no longer pushchair age, but you used to travel with a child in pushchair?

Pozzled Wed 08-Feb-12 17:21:18

I hate hate hate taking a buggy on trains. We're going away tomorrow but I'm hoping to stick to a sling...

nancerama Wed 08-Feb-12 17:24:02

First Great Western services are impossible to even board! The carriages are raised above the platform at quite a height, and the platform staff rarely help to lift a buggy because it's not their job. sad

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 08-Feb-12 17:24:24

Not sure Norman - will get back to you!

ednurse Wed 08-Feb-12 17:55:32

I've entered. Do have some troubles with trains but unfortunately the only way to get into London!

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 08-Feb-12 17:58:23

Norman - it's open to all UK MNers who've travelled by train with a child in a buggy in the past 4 months, so if it was longer ago than that, I'm afraid you're not eligible to take part this time.

That counts us out then - ds is 11! grin

I've entered. Breastfeeding a 10 week old baby sat on the floor of the train at the end by the toilets because the aisle was too narrow for pram, plus there were no seats. angry

cherrybird1978 Wed 08-Feb-12 19:09:05

I havent done it by buggy, but wheelchair is a nightmare, I think I would rather take a car/taxi/bus before I try that again with either wheelchair or buggy

Petrean Wed 08-Feb-12 19:12:22

Been there Embers and immediately after feed he did an enormous poo and I had to change him on the floor by the doors because on my 5 carriage train with 5 toilets not one was working and they were actually locked.

The 'helpful' guard sat in his little cubicle reading his paper gave me a filthy look.

BrianButterfield Wed 08-Feb-12 19:17:40

I've taken DS on trains a few times - if there's nobody in the wheelchair space it's OK but if there is, it's a nightmare. Obviously don't mind wheelchairs having priority, but I had a pram I couldn't fold and they took the seats out of the bike spot at the end of the carriage so I couldn't even sit there. Had to stand, swaying, trying to keep hold of the pram. Not good.

Petrean Wed 08-Feb-12 19:18:40

My worst experience with them was when travelling to London; my local station had two platforms and to get to the London side I have to climb up loads of stairs and cross over the platform by bridge.

I was on my own and no one offered to help so I asked an employee to help me, she said 'No' apparently you have to get on the train on the wrong platform, travel by train for 20 minutes in the wrong direction until you get to a station with a lift and come back again. I told her to stop being ridiculous, she said 'People in wheelchairs do it so I don't see why you shouldn't!'

That's not the bloody point, people in wheelchairs shouldn't have to do it!!!! I complained heavily, they built lift access a few months ago, I like to think my complaint went someway to making it happen!

EquestrianStatue Wed 08-Feb-12 19:48:33

We travel by train a lot (I don't drive) but I usually time it to avoid busy trains, and usually get the slow one of poss as I know there's more chance the bike/wheelchair area will be free. Northern Rail are great for this.

I used to travel to London on Virgin quite frequently and they were SHITE for using with a pushchair. I would fold my buggy but there'd be no bloody place to put it - had to leave it in the vestibule. And they always smelt of hot piss.

chocolateyclur Wed 08-Feb-12 21:14:17

Done

Lovelyboobs Wed 08-Feb-12 21:18:05

I sometimes forget how awful it is and take DS on the train on a day trip. We inevitably end up stuck on the fold-down seat by the exit because there's nowhere else for the buggy to go. The carriages are so grotty, I feel dirty from just being there.

foolserrand Thu 09-Feb-12 08:27:55

Petrean, that is exactly the issue at our closest station. I naively hoped we were the only one.

boredandrestless Thu 09-Feb-12 10:33:32

I filled in the survey as despite my son being 7 years old, we travel with a special needs pushchair. He LOVES train journeys, I hate the pushing and shoving to get on the train, then trying to fit my long, folded pushchair into the storage area, then trying to find us a seat together, usually at the opposite end of the train to where I have had to cram his pushchair meaning I am then worrying for the whole journey that someone will take it off the train with them when they stop at their station without me seeing. It could be a more pleasant experience!

FourThousandHoles Thu 09-Feb-12 11:36:01

My biggest bugbear is changing facilities onboard trains. I had to change my 2yo's nappy (mucky not just wet) with her slithering on my knee in one of those tiny toilet cubicles last time we went by train.

Grim.

AuntingCarse Thu 09-Feb-12 11:40:14

Done. I am looking forward to the day I no longer need to travel with child and buggy on the train. The only time it's not a bore is on the short hop into Victoria station for us - where staff at my local station are a delight and more than happy to help when needed. Clapham Junction on the other hand wins the award for the least helpful staff in the WORLD.

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