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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 Historic trades have been replaced by wealth-generating knowledge-based industries: in particular, information and communications technology and life sciences.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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Oxford Mail

Oxford Mail
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:32:40 -0700

OXFORD City Ladies clinched the Thames Valley Winter League Premier Division title this week, without even taking to the court. North Oxford's 5-3 home defeat by Virgin Active meant that City could not be caught. Oxford Sports can still catch North ...
 
Reading Chronicle
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:22:30 -0700

SANDHURST Devels snatched an injury-time winner to boost their Premier Division survival hopes with a 2-1 win at home to Woodcote Stoke Row, writes Richard Ashton. Woodcote Stoke Row forward Ross Weatherstone (black/white stripes) opened the ...

ITV News

ITV News
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:18:45 -0700

First Great Western has announced plans to deliver new, modern trains and increase the number of seats available on its services in the Thames Valley. 9,000 extra seats will be provided on the busiest trains with extra carriages and more services. The ...

Newbury Weekly News Group

Newbury Weekly News Group
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 23:56:15 -0700

Air ambulance NEWBURYTODAY.CO.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 ...

bdaily

bdaily
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:16:55 -0700

Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners (NLP), which recently opened a new Thames Valley office, has made a new senior appointment as it hits the ground running. Mark Schmull, a chartered town planner with over 10 years of experience, has joined the town ...
 
Local Berkshire
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:30:00 -0700

The junior hockey programme follows a monthly schedule of three training weeks and then a competitive Thames Valley Mini tournament. The tournaments are held monthly from October through to March, and the focus at Slough is the development of young ...

BBC News

BBC News
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 03:12:48 -0700

Francis Habgood, who is the force's current deputy chief constable, is expected to start in his new role in April. Sara Thornton is leaving the post to head up the body which is replacing the Association of Chief Police Officers. Mr Habgood said he was ...

getreading

getreading
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:19:16 -0700

Superintendent Rory Freeman, silver commander, said: "More than 100 officers have been involved in today's operation, targeting the supply of drugs within communities across the Thames Valley. "Drugs cause untold misery to those who are affected by ...
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