MegaHub Lehrte intermodal terminal

Kombiverkehr ramps up operations through MegaHub Lehrte

MegaHub Lehrte intermodal terminal, source: Deutsche Bahn

It’s been five months since Kombiverkehr started its services via MegaHub Hannover Lehrte, and the network expansion through the terminal is in full steam. Hamburg and Kiel are two new destinations that will connect with MegaHub starting from 6 September.

Malmö in Sweden has been connected with MegaHub Lehrte since 3 August. However, on 6 September, the three weekly roundtrips between the two destinations will extend to four. At the same time, other existing connections will also see increases in frequency. Departures to and from Lübeck CTL, Munich-Riem and Verona Interterminal will take place five times per week, while the service to Duisburg Ruhrort Hafen DUSS will acquire four weekly roundtrips.

Start-up phase over

Kombiverkehr began integrated MegaHub Lehrte in its transport system in April 2021. On Tuesday 6 April, the first trains arrived from Duisburg and Ludwigshafen and departed to Lübeck CTL and Lübeck Skandinavienkai the morning after. Later during the same month, the Frankfurt-based company added more destinations like Munich-Riem and Verona Interterminal.

It took only five months of operations to prove the importance of the German hub terminal in the company’s network that led to increased frequency in the initial connections and the introduction of new ones. These first months were considered a test period to test the abilities and dynamic of MegaHub Lehrte that will gradually become a more and more critical rail freight node in Germany.

Terminal characteristics are the key

The MegaHub is situated at an important road and rail intersection in Germany, making it an ideal geographical location for transport services. While previously only Verona in northern Italy was on the timetable, now industry, commerce and logistics have a broad array of national and international connections to choose from when it comes to shifting transport from road to climate-friendly rail.

Not only is Hanover connected to the direct destination terminals, but in the gateway system, it is now also linked to Madrid, Trieste, Pendik (Istanbul), Vienna, Budapest and Hallsberg and Stockholm in Sweden, among other places, Kombiverkehr pointed out.

Most importantly, all terminals connecting with MegaHub Lehrte can also link with each other. It is not only about connections to and from the terminal but also about establishing a comprehensive and interconnected terminal network. Trains arrive at MegaHub only between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., allowing thus for short downtimes, quick reloading times and significant flexibility.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

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

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