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Roads: 90% Blue (little risk of material disruption), 10% Amber (some risk)

By July, traffic control equipment had reached full compliance as had the main motorway and trunk road equipment, which includes matrix signs, tunnels and emergency telephones. Road management systems were classed as 90% Blue and 10% Amber.

The Department of Transport, Environment and the Regions, which has responsibility for buses in England, classed the sector as 75% Blue and 25% Amber - based on an assessment of five of the biggest bus companies, which manage two thirds or the bus route network.

The DETR expects the sector to be fully compliant by October.

In Nothern Ireland, buses and trains were assessed overall as 90% Blue and 10% Amber.

For drivers travelling to Europe, the Channel Tunnel has been made fully millennium compliant and is said not to pose a safety risk.

Will drivers be able to fill up?

Independent assessors have given more than 80% of UK companies a blue rating, with the others on target to reach full compliance by the end of the summer shutdown period.

There are some worries, however, with petrol stations being sent a warning letter.

The production of gas and oil is 97% Blue, oil refineries are more than 94% Blue, and the main oil terminals and operators of major pipelines and offshore tanker loading facilities are 100% Blue.

Independent assessors' reports.

The Action 2000 traffic light codes:

Blue: The assessment has not identified any risks of material disruption to the infrastructure process.

Amber: The assessment indicates that there is some risk of material disruption to infrastructure processes, but that there is an agreed containment plan to rectify shortcomings.

Red: The assessment indicates that there is a severe risk of material disruption to infrastructure processes and that timely rectification might not be possible.

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