Thames Facts

 

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Living in London, we all cross, sail or walk along the Thames more often than we probably realise. For some it is part of the daily commute, for others a place of relaxation. As big a part of your daily life the river might be, I bet you didn’t know these fun facts about the Thames.

Thames Facts

  • 346km (215 miles) long
  • The source of the Thames is about 1 mile north of Kemble near Cirencester
  • The flood plain area is around 896 sq Km
  • The first bridge was built 2000 years ago on the site of London Bridge
  • 126 fish species have been found in the Thames

The Tidal Thames facts:

  • 350 sq Km land
  • 55 sq Km of designated habitat sites
  • 1.25 million residents
  • more than 500,000 homes
  • 40,000 commercial and industrial properties
  • more than 3100 hectares of sensitive heritage sites
  • 400 schools
  • 16 hospitals
  • 8 power stations
  • about 1000 electricity substations
  • 4 World Heritage sites: Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • 167 km railway
  • 35 tube stations
  • 51 Rail stations
  • 300 km of Roads