Abbey Road zebra crossing, made famous by The Beatles, gets makeover as coronavirus leaves London deserted
The crossing has become a site of national importance after it was featured on the cover of The Beatles' 'Abbey Road'
London’s Abbey Road zebra crossing, made famous by The Beatles, has been repainted while the city is deserted due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Since the famous four-piece were pictured walking the crossing for their 1969 album Abbey Road, it has been a huge tourist draw for Beatles fans wanting to recreate the famous image.
All that footfall has left the crossing worn, and with London on lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Westminster City Council took the opportunity to repaint it.
“This is a very busy zebra crossing and we repainted the line markings to ensure visibility and increased safety for drivers and pedestrians. Our contractors follow government advice on limiting the spread of covid-19, including social distancing and hand washing,” a spokesperson for the council said.
In 2010, the crossing was marked as a site on national importance in the UK, which means it can only be altered with special pre-approval of the local authorities. At the time, minister for tourism and heritage John Penrose said, “This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to the Beatles and a 10-minute photoshoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage.”
The famous image was capture by photographer Iain Macmillan who stood on a stepladder in the middle of the busy crossing, with only enough time to shoot six pictures as John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr took a break from recording at the street’s famous studios. It was McCartney who chose the final image for the cover.
Updated: March 28, 2020 02:00 PM