A MOTHER says more needs to be done to make travelling in London more accessible for disabled and elderly residents.

Tracey Proudlock, who lives near Bounds Green, has been a wheelchair user most of her life.

She is the founder of a family disability consultancy that works to make improve accessibility to buildings.

According to Transport for London there are currently 73 tube stations in London with step free access from the street to all platforms; 58 over ground stations with step-free access; 6 TfL rail stations and all DLR stations and tram stops with step-free access.

Ms Proudlock, who has two children, said travelling is a struggle every-day because there is not enough access.

She said: "For longer journeys I will go to the nearest accessible tube station and push the rest of the journey or take a taxi, it's difficult to work out a journey that is step-free.

"Bounds Green is my nearest tube station, but I don't use that, I normally drive to Caledonian road to use the tube or another accessible station such as Highbury and Islington."

TfL have committed to make more than 30 additional tube stations step-free by 2022, bringing the total number of Tube stations with step-free access to all platforms to more than 100.

This will make up more than 40 per cent of the underground network and significantly increasing the proportion of stations with step-free access from the current level of 27 per cent.

Ms Proudlock praised the initiative saying that it was long overdue but says that it is not just step-free access that needs to be a consideration for people using the transport system in London.

"The step free programme we have also needs to look at how older and disabled Londoners can use the system better.

"Older or disabled people can be on a carriage which is very busy and finding lifts at stations is not always easy.

"It's a shame that older people can't travel as much as they need to."

A spokesperson for Transport for London said: "London has the largest accessible bus network in the world. Almost 95 per cent of London's bus stops are accessible – which has more than tripled since 2008 when the figure stood at 29 per cent.

"All TfL piers have step-free access. Newer river boats have spaces for wheelchair users and accessible toilet facilities."

Ms Proudlock said that although she uses buses to make shorter journeys such as going to the shops or out to socialise tubes are a better way of travelling.