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The city of Salford's northern boundary is with the boroughs of Bolton and Bury and its southern boundary is with Trafford. To the west is bounded by Wigan and by Manchester to the east. The city has excellent public transport links and has nine railway stations situated on 4 different routes. The city's railway stations are Eccles, Patricroft, Irlam, Clifton, Swinton, Moorside, Walkden, Salford Central and Salford Crescent. The city also has the Eccles Line of the Manchester Metrolink which runs through the city with stations at Exchange Quay, Salford Quays, Anchorage, Harbour City, Broadway, Langworthy, Weaste, Ladywell and Eccles. Salford also has bus stations at Pendleton and Eccles with services throughout the city, and to Greater Manchester and beyond.
The city grew during the Industrial Revolution as a result of the textile industry. Despite its success Salford was dominated by its neighbour, Manchester. In 1894, the Manchester Ship Canal was opened which ran from the River Mersey to Salford Quays. When it was complete it was the largest navigation canal in the world. Along the route of the canal, it was necessary to create an aqueduct carrying the Bridgewater Canal over the Ship Canal.
Located in the foothills of the Pennines, the West Yorkshire city of Bradford has a culturally diverse population with many immigrants from County Mayo and Sligo in Ireland and Jewish wool merchants from Germany who came to the city in the 19th century. More recently many immigrants from south Asia, particularly from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, came during the 1950's and 1960's.
Bradford's textile industry has been in decline since the 1950's and many of its mills have been redeveloped. The grandest of the mills no longer used for textile production is Lister's Mill, the chimney of which can be seen from most places in Bradford. It has become a beacon of regeneration after a £100 million conversion to apartment blocks.
Bradford City Park, now home to the Bradford Festival which includes the Mela, is a six-acre public space in the heart of Bradford which contains the largest man-made water feature in any UK city - a 4,000sq m mirror pool featuring more than 100 fountains, including the tallest in any UK city at 30 meters. When the mirror pool is drained City Park is capable of holding events such as carnivals, markets, theatre productions, screenings and community festivals.