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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 Historic trades have been replaced by wealth-generating knowledge-based industries: in particular, information and communications technology and life sciences.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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Daily Mail
Mon, 25 May 2015 05:37:24 -0700

Thames Valley Police release CCTV of Didcot murder suspect. Thames Valley Police have released CCTV images of a man wanted in connection with three murders in Didcot. Sportsmail's Big Season Stats: Hull City... Read More · 1:09min · The 10th annual ...

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The Independent
Mon, 25 May 2015 05:37:25 -0700

Thames Valley Police have released new images and details of Jed Allen, a man wanted in connection with the murders of a three people in Didcot, Oxfordshire. Det Supt Chris Ward, added: “We believe that Jed boarded a train from Didcot to Oxford at ...

Newbury Weekly News Group

Newbury Weekly News Group
Mon, 25 May 2015 22:59:39 -0700

UK is pleased to carry the results for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust's weekly lottery. They work around the clock, every day of the year, to provide rapid medical help whatever the situation. The air ambulance has responded to ...

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getreading
Fri, 22 May 2015 02:45:00 -0700

Chief constable Francis Habgood, who recently took over the force , is touring the Thames Valley and he is visiting Reading. We'll be there to meet him and he's agreed to answer your questions. So use the form below or log onto our Facebook post and ...

Slough Express

Slough Express
Sat, 23 May 2015 06:52:30 -0700

The tournament has so far raised about £3,500 which will be pumped back into Thames Valley FC to provide the best football education for its aspiring players and referees. “It was a nice relaxed atmosphere where everybody was welcome,” added Darren, ...

Shoosmiths legal updates (press release)

Shoosmiths legal updates (press release)
Fri, 22 May 2015 03:41:15 -0700

This award win is the latest accolade that the firm has received this year - recently, the firm was crowned Law Firm of the Year at the Thames Valley Deal Awards. The Thames Valley real estate team has also been acknowledged by legal directories ...

Banbury Guardian

Banbury Guardian
Tue, 12 May 2015 01:48:45 -0700

A Thames Valley Police constable has been dismissed for gross misconduct after falsely claiming his vehicle had been stolen. PC Tom Mynehan was a patrol officer at Cowley Police Station in Oxford and reported to the force on July 30 2013 that his Alfa ...

Banbury Guardian

Banbury Guardian
Mon, 18 May 2015 06:07:30 -0700

Mr Campbell joined Thames Valley Police in July 2010, from Hampshire constabulary and as assistant chief constable has held the crime and operations portfolios. Mr Campbell began his police career at West Midlands Police in 1988, before transferring to ...
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