London’s Abbey Road crossing made famous by the Beatles is finally sporting a fresh paint touch-up while the street is tourist-free during the Coronavirus lockdown.
The tourist hot spot is typically flooded with travellers and locals since the release of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” album, more than 50 years ago, which features a shot of George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on the crosswalk.
The constant London traffic has also made it tricky to touch things up, but with Britain’s streets largely cleared, work crews took advantage of the slowdown to repaint the crossing, which is adjacent to Abbey Road Studios.
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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. Many of you have been sharing your memories of visiting the crossing, so we look back at last August, when 1000s of Beatles' fans descended onto Abbey Road, 50 years on from when the Fab Four posed on the same zebra crossing for the cover of the band's last-recorded album.
The pedestrian crossing was designated a site of national importance by the British government in 2010, meaning it can only be altered with the approval of the local authorities.
But, the Instagram account for Abbey Road Studios has shared a photograph over the weekend of workers repainting the white stripes as, “the streets have gone quiet.”
Every three months, the walls near the crosswalk are repainted to cover up the graffiti Beatles fans leave, according to the BBC, however it is a much harder task to paint the road as it has to contend with 24/7 visitors and cars that use Abbey Road on a daily basis.