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Famous Beatles Abbey Road Zebra Crossing to Disappear

BY Boon Koh
Published 10 August 2009

Beatles Abbey Road London album art cover On the 40th anniversary of The Beatles’ 1969 Abbey Road album cover, hundreds of fans had flocked to the location of the zebra crossing to celebrate. The famous site is located on 3 Abbey Road in London NW8 (Google map), in the leafy suburban neighborhood of St John’s Wood in Northwest London. The crossing has been somewhat of a must-see destination for hardcore Beatles’ Fans visiting London, eager to replicate the Fab Four’s famous album art sleeve by taking a picture of their own crossing the street.

Now, however, Westminster Council are drafting up plans to either move the zebra crossing to a museum or a quieter street, or just axe and get rid of the zebra crossing by “painting it over”. A spokesman said that the sheer number of people trying to walk where John, Paul, Ringo, and George walked 40 years ago posed a traffic risk and has resulted in an increase in the number of pedestrian accidents at that spot over the years. Although there have only been 22 officially recorded incidents since 2000, nearby residents say that the real figure is much higher as many minor accidents or near-misses are not reported because the pedestrian is usually in the wrong by standing in the middle of the road to get a photo. In short it has become an “accident hotspot”, and many cab drivers have gone on record to try to get the council to do something about it. Westminster Council are also looking at other options instead of having to move the iconic crossing, such as perhaps diverting traffic flow at the nearby junction in order to reduce the number of accidents.

EMI Records, the company behind The Beatles label and records, are releasing a special 40th anniversary edition CD of the Abbey Road album, with all the original songs digitally remastered for a better sound experience. This special Abbey Road edition is being released on the 9th September 2009, and is available from Amazon.co.uk.

  • http://www.spreadingjam.com Michelle

    What a shame that they want to be rid of it! I wonder if there’s a way to keep it and try to accident-proof the area?