First two weeks of October: bridge construction in Hanover hampering rail trafficOctober 3, 2018
In Lower Saxony, the autumn holidays start Monday – and with them construction work of the Deutsche Bahn. The result: many IC and ICE trains will not stop at Hanover central station until 15 October.
A bridge renewal in Hanover impairs rail traffic in Lower Saxony and beyond in the first two weeks of October. From Monday to October 15, most IC and ICE trains do not stop at Hanover central station, but at evasion stations, the train says.
Even in regional traffic, a number of trains can not reach the main station, travel times are longer and there are no connections. Only the ICE connection from the Ruhr area over Hanover to Berlin drives as usual with a stop in the central station. During construction work, only one track is available for traffic to the south and east on the almost 140-year-old bridge over Königstraße in Hanover-Mitte.
During the works, which fall into the autumn holidays in Lower Saxony, stop the ICE trains from Hamburg to Munich and Frankfurt instead of the main train station in Hannover Messe / Laatzen, single trips and the two-hour ICE line Bremen-Munich omitted. The IC trains between Amsterdam and Berlin as well as Cologne and Dresden stop instead of the main train station in Wunstorf and Lehrte. (An overview of the train announcements can be found on this info page at the bottom of the gray box)
In all cases, regional trains and light rail systems should ensure the connection to the city center of Hannover. Also in S-Bahn traffic there are timetable changes, the airport is approached only once per hour.
Construction work also in Leipzig
For the railway travelers, the construction work is not the only obstacle these days: Since Wednesday and until Sunday morning, the main station Leipzig had been locked. The railway used the period to record new software in its electronic interlocking and to check newly built railway technology. The construction work included the integration of Leipzig Central Station into the new ICE high-speed line Munich-Berlin.
Interested visitors can find current traffic reports on their website and here in the form of a Twitter account, Information on construction-related timetable changes is provided by this Germany map.