The zebra crossing at Abbey Road, made famous by the cover of the 1969 Beatles album named after the London street, has been given Grade II listed status.

The listing was granted by Minister for Tourism and Heritage John Penrose and means that the crossing is now protected as a nationally important monument. Beatles fans have been visiting Abbey Road to see the zebra crossing as well as the infamous recording studio where the album was recorded since its release 41 years ago. This is the first time a zebra crossing has been afforded listed status.

Penrose stated, "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."

Meanwhile, Sir Paul McCartney was delighted with the decision.
"It's been a great year for me and a great year for the Beatles and hearing that the Abbey Road crossing is to be preserved is the icing on the cake."