Kombiverkehr upgrades network connections just before Christmas

Just a week before Christmas, Kombiverkehr provided its presents to forwarders. The German government upgraded existing connections and added new ones to its network, with Mortara in Italy and MegaHub Lehrte in Germany playing the central role.

The German logistics provider ramped up the linking game in its network by providing new possibilities for old services and new services between important hubs. Specifically, departures to and from Mortara in Italy are now available with more trips and, most notably, a P400 profile. Simultaneously, MegaHub Lehrte acquires new connections with the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

P400s between Mortara and Dutch terminals

Connections between Mortara and Greenport Terminal in Venlo and Rotterdam CTT are not new. However, there have been some track upgrades in the network that now allow the transport of P400 semi-trailers in these two routes. “Now that the track has been upgraded to allow the P400 profile, we can offer forwarders the option of transporting semitrailers with a corner height of four metres,” commented Alexander Ochs, managing director of Kombiverkehr.

Regarding the frequency of services, the Mortara-Venlo train runs with three weekly roundtrips, while the train between Mortara and Rotterdam runs five times per week. Mortara will also see an upgrade on the connection with the Benelux port of Ghent. Due to the Brexit, ferry connections between Ghent and the UK have enabled the flawless flow of cargo from Italy to Benelux and further. As a result, connections between Mortara and Ghent will increase to eight per week on February 7 2022.

MegaHub Lehrte gets new links

Since the start of operations on the MegaHub Lehrte in Hannover, Germany, Kombiverkehr has continuously expanded its business offers. Now the company offers two more new services. One is the connection with Rotterdam Europoort in the Netherlands and the other a connection with Lovosice in the Czech Republic. “With the addition of today’s train product between Rotterdam’s Europoort terminal and Lovosice in the Czech Republic to the MegaHub transport concept, we are opening up key gateway services in our international network for both industrial regions via Hanover,” underlined Ochs.

MegaHub Lehrte connectivity options. Source: Kombiverkehr

Both new services will offer four weekly roundtrips, while they are expected to be very beneficial for Kombiverkehr’s network. “From Europoort, logistics companies have access to major ferry services to Great Britain that dovetail with our rail-side products. Multimodal transport on the east-west corridor has gained further significance since Brexit. We are helping UK hauliers complete their transport chains with new international routes via Hannover-Lehrte,” concluded Ochs.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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