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For other uses, see Thames Valley (disambiguation).
The course of the River Thames

The Thames Valley region is a loose term for the English counties or parts of those counties roughly following the course of the River Thames as it flows from Oxfordshire in the west to London in the east. It is generally taken to include parts of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey and sometimes two boroughs of southwest London. It rarely includes either the source of the Thames at Thames Head in Gloucestershire, or any part of Wiltshire, and does not include the informal entities Central London or the Thames Gateway which surrounds the Thames Estuary.

The Thames Valley region can be compared with the longer and narrower M4 corridor, i.e. the area within a few miles of the M4 motorway, which runs East-West extending from Hammersmith, London through Berkshire (interrupted by two small salients of Buckinghamshire) and then Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire and over the River Severn via the Second Severn Crossing, a Toll Bridge to South Wales.

Economy[edit]

The Thames Valley is one of the wealthiest parts of the European Union, aided by a skilled workforce and its accessibility to London. Historic trades have been replaced by wealth-generating knowledge-based industries: in particular, information and communications technology and life sciences.

Productivity was £49,000 per worker in 2006, which was £8,600 higher than the average for the wider region of south-east England. The knowledge economy provides 29% of employment, compared with the national average of 17%; and 37% of people in employment hold a degree. 20% of Thames Valley workers are employed in managerial and senior positions, for which the UK-wide average is 15%.[citation needed] The direct labour force amounts to 1 million people, but the total workforce within an hour of the Thames Valley towns is close to 3.7 million.[citation needed]

Since 2002, the Thames Valley has been the UK's fastest growing region, averaging 3.5% per year economic growth after inflation, well ahead of the 2.5% national average.[citation needed] Its economy was valued at £32 billion in 2007.[1]

Tourism[edit]

The Thames Valley is a major tourist destination in the United Kingdom for domestic and international visitors. Attractions close to the river include:

The only long-distance walking and cycling route through the whole region is the Thames Path. Scenic landscapes include the Chiltern Hills, Ridgeway National Trail, and Windsor Great Park.

Luxury spa hotels and golf resorts cater to the luxury and leisure stay market. Regattas, food fairs and fun fairs in the towns mentioned above and traditional centres of population are among the attractions for a regional audience, as well as theme parks (principally Thorpe Park in Surrey). Dorney Lake is a major national venue for kayaking, canoeing and rowing. The American Community Schools, England are centred on the area. Wentworth and Sunningdale Golf Clubs are also in the area. Five horse racing venues are within 20 kilometres (12 miles) of the river.

Policing[edit]

The Thames Valley Police cover the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Other forces cover the rest of the Thames Valley region.

Major towns and cities[edit]

Universities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 51°30′N 1°00′W / 51.5°N 1.0°W / 51.5; -1.0


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Slough and Windsor Observer
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:22:30 -0700

REAL Milan continued their winning ways with a 4-1 thrashing of AFC Phoenix in the Premier Division. Having defeated the same side 5-2 in the Berks & Bucks Sunday Intermediate Cup seven days before, Real were again on song and took the lead when ...

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:37:22 -0700

More than 10,000 people were caught using their mobile phones or similar devices whille driving in the Thames Valley over the course of the last financial year. Officers in the region caught 10,672 people using mobile devices between April 1 2013 and ...

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BBC News
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:21:39 -0700

A total of 12,280 men and 3,762 women were caught from April 2013 to March 2014 in Hampshire and Thames Valley. According to the police, drivers are four times more likely to crash and their reaction times are 50% slower while using a phone. Hampshire ...
 
Local Berkshire
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:21:11 -0700

BERKS County's poor start to the season continued as they slumped to a sixth consecutive loss in a 3-0 reverse at home to Mortimer, writes Richard Ashton. Mortimer's Michael Percival in action against Berks County FC on Saturday. The visitors took the ...

Kent News

Kent News
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:48:45 -0700

Police in Kent, Sussex, Surrey, and Thames Valley are to work together to target cross-county burglars as the clocks go back. police. Maria Chiorando Thursday, October 23, 2014 1:53 PM. For the first time, officers from each force will co-ordinate ...
 
The Lawyer
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:33:45 -0700

HRP Holdings, a wholesaler of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment in Slough, recently played host to the third Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce HR Leadership Forum, which explored how the age demographic of the UK's future workforce is ...
 
ElectronicsWeekly.com
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:48:45 -0700

Based in the Thames Valley, the FPGA Design Engineer will be working on the development of complex FPGA Designs from specification through to hardware testing, with a particular focus on high speed interfaces, including PCIe, Ethernet and RaipidIO.

BBC News

BBC News
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:30:44 -0700

Woodstock and Thame police stations in Oxfordshire will be sold, as will Burnham and Buckingham stations in Buckinghamshire and Hungerford police station in Berkshire. By selling some of its estate the force hopes to save £1.9m a year by 2019.
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