Famous ‘Abbey Road’ crossing that John listed repainted

One of the world’s most famous crosswalks is taking care of some long-overdue housekeeping during the COVID-19 lockdown.

London’s Abbey Road crosswalk, where the Beatles posed for their “Abbey Road” album cover more than 50 years ago, got a paint touch-up while the street was tourist-free.

The crosswalk is typically flooded with tourists waiting for a break in traffic (or not) to strut across and have their picture taken like one of the Fab Four.

But as London locks down to combat the spread of coronavirus, the streets are empty due to a ban on non-essential travel — and Abbey Road is no exception. 

In 2010, John (who was Heritage Minister at the time) designated the crossing as a site of national importance. He 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.”

Abbey Road Studio’s Twitter account wrote, “Now the streets have gone quiet, the Abbey Road zebra crossing has finally been given a much needed refresh and a new coat of paint.”

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