BASEC’s accredited product testing and certification of cables for the Railway Sector gives your contractors and specifiers complete confidence in the quality and reliability of the cables they are specifying.

Railway networks and railway rolling stock are extensive users of cable for power distribution, signalling and communication & control, all of which must conform to exacting performance and safety standards. What’s more, many rail services apply additional fire safety and performance specifications.

It is essential therefore for contractors and specifiers to be confident that the cables they choose meet the highest quality standards and conform with all the relevant regulatory requirements for the Rail Industry. For that they will be looking for rigorous and robust testing by a respected accredited body like BASEC.

BASEC’s name is synonymous with quality and safety. We have been operating independently for over 45 years and our schemes are recognised as some of the most demanding in the industry.

This rigour means that contractors and specifiers can have complete confidence in cables tested and certified by BASEC.

BASEC Services for the Rail Sector

Accredited product testing for manufacturers: We offer independent testing of cables to ensure they meet the specific requirements of rail systems such as Network Rail and London Underground, in the form of a test report.
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Product certification and approval for manufacturers: A comprehensive product testing and approvals service for cable manufacturers with ongoing surveillance testing and regular audit. Provides customers with independent evidence of quality and safety, and the reassurance of ongoing conformity.
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One-off fire testing of rolling stock cables for manufacturers: Dedicated fire testing in our state of the art fire lab to ensure compliance with the sector's stringent requirements.
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Pre-shipment testing, inspection and batch testing for manufacturers: Independent testing of samples prior to despatch gives added peace of mind to your customers.

Management systems certification for manufacturers: Enables cable manufacturers and distributors to achieve discrete auditing of management systems, leading to certification of ISO 9001, or integrated auditing to achieve Triple Standard certification for Quality, Safety and Environment, thereby enhancing reputation and competitive advantage.
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Quality assurance checks for contractors: Independent, 3rd party testing gives you the confidence that the cable you are specifying meets your customers’ regulatory and safety requirements.

Fire testing in our state of the art fire laboratory | Lab010
Fire testing in our state of the art fire laboratory


BASEC’s state-of-the-art laboratories can carry out dedicated fire testing, as well as a range of tests to verify a cable’s construction, materials and its electrical properties, all to International, European and British test methods and cable standards.

For Rolling Stock: Testing to EN 50306 series, EN 50305, EN 45545 series and TFL/LUL S1-085.

For Rail Infrastructure: Testing of MV track feeder cables to BS 7835 / BS 6622 / IEC 60502-2, IEC 60331 and IEC 60332 series tests, and testing of regular power cables such as BS 7846, BS 6724, BS 8592, BS 7629-1.