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MegaHub in Hanover Lehrte to become significant hub in network
12/21/2020

Kombiverkehr is currently planning to integrate the newly built MegaHub Terminal in Hanover Lehrte into its national and international networks early next year. Following intensive preparations, the first Kombiverkehr trains are to start using the MegaHub in April 2021. The connection of the now defined terminal and the addition of further container stations in the future will highlight the unique advantage of the facility – the rapid transfer of transport units between trains in a particularly short period of time – and enable customers to book services on new, end-to-end routes. The terminals in Ludwigshafen, Lübeck, Kiel, Hamburg, Munich and Duisburg on the German side and Malmö on the Swedish side are to be linked to the terminal in Hannover-Lehrte at the start of April 2021. With terminal operations having begun with road-to-rail transshipment in the first phase and rail-to-rail transshipment at weekends in the second phase, Kombiverkehr KG is for the first time opening up the possibility of daily transfers from rail to rail for all users of the facility.

The modern and innovative rapid transshipment facility will serve as a hub for semi-trailers, swap bodies and containers between incoming and outgoing trains. The trains arriving in Hanover will be carrying a wide and varied mix of transport units for multiple destination terminals. Following immediate sorting, the outgoing trains will then leave the terminal for specific destinations, i.e. only with transport units for a single destination terminal, from where they can reach other terminals on the gateway network in international transport. The rapid transshipment facility means that new connections which had not previously been included in the product range can now be added to the Kombiverkehr network. One such example is the connection between Duisburg and Malmö.

The new services will deliver the benefits of a national and an extended international network to the Hanover economic region, which Kombiverkehr has so far connected to Verona with a direct train service. Transport units from the region around Hanover which are delivered by road via the truck gate can be booked for all trains shown on the timetable. That means Hanover will be connected directly not only with the destination terminals available then, but also numerous terminals in Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, various Balkan states, Turkey and the Scandinavian countries, for instance.

For enquiries relating to the planned connections to the MegaHub in Hanover-Lehrte, please contact:
Ulrich Bedacht, Sales, Manager North European Transport & German Baltic Sea Ports
Phone +49 69/7 95 05-2 44 or ubedacht@kombiverkehr.de