Kombiverkehr expands services on Germany-Italy corridor

Kombiverkehr has expanded its intermodal services between Germany and Italy. The number of trains between Hanover and Verona will be increased from five to six weekly departures in both directions. Moreover, the service between München-Riem and Melzo will shift to Milano Smistamento terminal. Both changes will apply from 7 September onwards.

“Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Hanover train has been one of the most stable services in south European transport to Italy via the Brenner Pass, with hardly any departure having to be cancelled. We can now announce an expansion to six departures”, said Peter Dannewitz, Head of Sales at the company.

“Key to the expansion of frequencies has in particular been the transport of food for day-to-day requirements and as raw materials for the processing industry, which is increasingly being handled in intermodal transport”, he continues.


The additional train departure on the Hanover – Verona route will be on Saturdays for both routes. The existing Monday-to-Friday departures in the north-south direction and Tuesday-to-Friday and Saturday departures in the south-north direction will remain unchanged.

By offering two Saturday departures from Verona Quadrante Europa, the company is responding to its customers’ requests for the option of recovering many transport units over the weekend so that the equipment can be returned to use quickly in the region in and around Hanover at the start of the week, Kombiverkehr explains.

From Melzo to Milan

With the change of terminal to Milan, the company wants to strengthen its network with a large number of other gateway options within Italy. Milano Smistamento offers forwarding services to and from Pomezia, Napoli and Catania in central and southern Italy.

The Munich – Milano Smistamento train will run three times a week in each direction: from Munich on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from Milano Smistamento on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.


The intermodal service, which is operated in close cooperation with the Italian partner Mercitalia Intermodal, can be booked for swap bodies, tank containers and trailers with a profile up to P/C 400 and is approved for all dangerous goods apart from classes 1 and 7.

“With around 100 train departures a week and multiple-day departures at selected German terminals, we now offer Italian forwarders a wide choice of services for eco-friendly logistics with added value in unaccompanied Germany-Italy Combined Transport via the Brenner Pass”, Dannewitz added.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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