Keira's coffee trike departs Redland Station

December 20 2016

With frustration over the delayed electrification on the Swindon to Bristol main line it’s good to hear that one local line in Bristol has been doing well and some of the increasing footfall has been due to an enterprising woman and her self-built coffee trike.

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With frustration over the delayed electrification on the Swindon to Bristol main line it’s good to hear that one local line in Bristol has been doing well and some of the increasing footfall has been due to an enterprising woman and her self-built coffee trike.

Keira Cheung and her coffee trike have become a regular feature at Redland station, serving hot drinks throughout the year - something that has added to the popularity of waiting for the train. Keira is now moving on to live in Spain and the Redland service regulars were keen to give her a good send off. A major gathering was organised by Julie Boston at the local station with passengers and Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways (FOSBR) to say goodbye to Keira with live music and speeches.

One of the revellers was rail enthusiast Maggie Collin who said: “Redland station is doing OK. The passenger numbers are increasing and we’ve been helped along by Keira’s fantastic coffee machine.”

“We are sorry to see her go as it’s been such an asset to this community to have Keira here. We hope that other people in the area will start to use the train a little bit more often. A train station  is still planned to open in Ashley Down and if we could have the Portishead one we’d be on our way.”

Tina Biggs added: “I love it when we all get together because it’s a lot of what we are about at FOSBR. We aren’t just banging on at council meetings but it’s about friendship, fun and singing. We need to build that love and community locally.”

After the speeches and a rousing musical performance by her father, Keira thanked everyone who had turned up to give her such a great send off.

She said: “You’ve all made me feel really welcome. I’ve loved being here at the station with my coffee trike. I know how lucky I am that even with the early starts and cold, dark mornings, I can truly say that I genuinely enjoy my job. It’s given me freedom, stability and a sense of pride and achievement. 

“Most profoundly I’ve had so many valuable encounters with all different types of people every day. This has taught me so much about the importance of community and given me an insight into a world I would never have seen. People have been amazingly supportive and I’m really going to miss you all. Thank you.”

Keira managed a cafe and deli business before setting up on her own three years ago. She is advertising the trike for sale before she goes to Spain but is keen that it goes to the right person.

“It encapsulates this dream of freedom for a lot of people but I want it to go to someone who has hospitality experience and maintenance experience. I built the trike and the business myself and it was hard work and a leap into the unknown. This is the only successful independent business on the railway line and it deserves a good home,” Keira added.

Resident Alison Bromilow said: “It’s my local station and I use it a lot. Keira’s been a great asset to the station. I run the Parks group and was able to put some notices up in the Park’s notice board and generally support her and my husband buys his coffee here every morning.

“I’ve been asked if there is any interest in forming a Friends of Redland Station group and I have taken the action to tell the members of the Redland and Cotham Amenities Society about that. People can email me at Alison@RCAS.org.uk and I’d be happy to invite people along and find out what they have to offer.”