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Beatles’ Abbey Road crossing to get guard over safety fears


The use of a crossing guard is being considered at London’s iconic Abbey Road crossing as tourists flock to create the scene made famous by the Beatles.

Westminster City Council has raised safety fears over the thousands of people who visit the crossing, in St John’s Wood, north London.

Residents have also complained about the increase in traffic at the height of the summer season.

The Abbey Road crossing was made famous after John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr traversed it for Ian Macmillan's iconic cover shot for the 1969 Abbey Road record

The Abbey Road crossing was made famous after John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr traversed it for Ian Macmillan’s iconic cover shot for the 1969 Abbey Road record (photo PA)

The council said no proposals had been agreed and the review was ongoing.

Councilors have also raised concerns about buses carrying tourists causing traffic congestion by double-parking or parking on yellow lines.

A Westminster City Council spokeswoman said it is discussing options to manage the busy traffic flow, including the possibility of employing a lollipop lady or man.

She added: “Local Abbey Road ward councilors raised their residents’ concerns about the number of tourists spilling into the road and traffic near the crossing at the height of the summer season, and put forward various suggestions, asking the city council to review pedestrian safety and crowd management.


“However, no proposals have been agreed by the council, nor the review completed.”

The Abbey Road crossing was made famous after John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr traversed it for Ian Macmillan’s iconic cover shot for the 1969 Abbey Road record.

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