Order has been restored on The Marina.
Cars had been spotted driving through the pedestrianised walkway in Blackrock early on Monday after the large signs alerting motorists to the road closure disappeared overnight.
The barriers were missing from both ends of the Marina, resulting in a ‘free for all’ for traffic along the scenic walking route, according to the @MarinaParkCork Twitter account.
Barriers missing from both ends of the Marina.
The place is a free for all this morning… pic.twitter.com/YdHNJ8YYQ4
— Save Marina Park (@MarinaParkCork) March 14, 2022
The account shared photographs of cars driving down the pedestrianised walkway earlier today, creating a potentially dangerous situation for the many walkers and joggers who use the popular riverside amenity every day.
A good samaritan retrieved the road signage from the water this morning and returned it to its rightful spot.
It’s not the first time it’s gone missing, causing locals to suggest that a more permanent solution than an unmanned barrier may be necessary.
The route – from the entrance to Páirc Uí Chaoimh to the junction with Church Avenue – is supposed to be closed to vehicular traffic 24 hours a day, seven days a week apart from local vehicle access to the Marina, which is only allowed for residents, businesses, and sporting clubs.
The pedestrianisation is supported by An Garda Siochána.