Alan Cropley

The Rail Safety Rule Book Modernised: Planning and Implementing a Successful Mobile App

Co-Presenting With: Joe Girling

Originating in 1876 the UK’s Rail Safety Standards Board’s (RSSB) Rule Book is an essential safety and procedural reference for the 120,000 staff responsible for operating one of the most intensively used and safest rail networks in the world. Looking to achieve a Rule Book both easier to use and keep up to date, yet more cost effective for the industry, this case study discusses the highs and lows of moving from Paper and PDF delivery to interactive mobile app.


Alan is always looking for opportunities to improve efficiency, ways to develop better products and services, and improve options for collaboration. He is an expert Project Manager with extensive experience across component content management, research management/decision support, and document management systems.

At the UK’s Rail Standards and Safety Board Alan has developed and managed an enterprise content management programme rationalising content development and delivery systems, with a focus on topic based semantic content for delivery to multiple platforms and devices.

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