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Wrong Abbey Road: Station draws lost Beatles fans

By RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press Modified: November 16, 2012 at 7:39 pm •  Published: November 17, 2012
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Transport for London officials said Tuesday there are no plans to change the station's name.

Spokesman Allan Ramsey said in a statement that it is unfortunate that some visitors get confused but that the problem could be remedied if visitors just did their homework.

Christie Johnson, a semi-professional soccer player, said she wasn't too disappointed to have gone to the wrong Abbey Road, explaining that she wasn't that big of a Beatles fan anyway.

She said she mostly just wanted a picture of herself on the famous crosswalk to show her friends. Now, she'll have a different story to tell.

“I'll say we tried,” she said. “It'll get a good laugh.”

At the London Beatles Store, which sells Fab Four memorabilia, owner Howard Cohen said the mix-up over the location of the studio is not new — because there are so many Abbey Roads in London — but that the mishaps have been exacerbated by the new Abbey Road Station in a distant part of the capital.

“We get so many people coming in looking for the studios that we have maps printed up with directions, free, as a service,” he said. “It's a bit confusing.”

Even worse, he said, are the hapless tourists who arrive at Liverpool Street Station in central London and believe they, in fact, are in Liverpool, the Beatles' hometown.

“They ask how to get to Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields,” he said, referring to places in Liverpool made famous by Lennon-McCartney songs.

The answer, sadly, is 210 miles to the north.


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