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Safety fears over iconic Beatles' Abbey Road crossing

Tourists visiting one of Britain's favourite musical landmarks, to recreate The Beatles' Abbey Road crossing pose, could see the addition of a "lollipop lady".

Westminster Council has raised safety fears over the "thousands and thousands" of people who visit the zebra crossing in St John's Wood, north London.

The stars of the West End musical 'Let it be' recreated The Beatles' famous Abbey Road crossing pose today. Credit: PA

Fans are putting themselves at risk of frustrated drivers who often struggle to make it over the crossing because of the constant stream of pedestrians attempting to recreate the image, made famous by the band in 1969.

The discussions emerged as fans gathered at the crossing today to celebrate exactly 45 years since the album cover photograph was taken.

Abbey Road marks 45 years since Beatles' iconic photo

Fans gathered on the Abbey Road zebra crossing at 11:35 today to celebrate 45 years to the minute The Beatles had their icon photo taken.

The iconic photo of the rock band was taken 45 years ago today. Credit: Twitter/AbbeyRoadStudios


Transport for London comment on Abbey Road confusion

The Abbey Road station on the Docklands Light Railway was only opened last year.

Transport for London says it has no intention to re-name it.

“ TfL does all it can to make navigation around the Capital as easy and straightforward as possible and it is unfortunate that some visitors sometimes get confused by the odd duplicate place names in our large and varied city. One of the ways of making navigation around London convenient to all is to name stations after the streets on which they are situated – as is the case with the DLR Abbey Rd station - or the surrounding area. This situation is also a reminder that when visiting one of the world’s largest and varied cities, nothing beats some in depth research.”

– Transport for London.


Disappointment for Beatles fans arriving at wrong Abbey Road

Confused tourists are arriving in their dozens at the newly-opened Abbey Road Station in West Ham, expecting to find the zebra crossing made famous by The Beatles.

But they're actually ten miles away from the north London location featured on the cover of The Beatles' 1969 album of the same name.

The cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road album. Credit: .