By amalgamating various canal companies, the Grand Union Canal was formed to link London with the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire coalfields and Birmingham under single ownership. The Leicester Line provided a link from the Grand Junction Canal to the River Soar, which connected to the River Trent.
Foxton Locks and the site of the Foxton Inclined Plane are owned by BW. The Foxton Inclined Plane Trust leases the reconstructed lift boiler house, from which it operates the Foxton Canal Museum. Work covering visitor facilities and improving site around the Inclined Plane was recently completed at a cost of £2,000,000, partly funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £1.4 million. Members of the Foxton Inclined Plane Trust, with substantial help from WRG, have continued to work on site clearance, laying hedges and other amenity works, with the aim of promoting eventual full restoration of the historic inclined plane. The small museum between the locks and the site of the Plane has proved to be a vital asset in promoting its restoration and educating visitors about Foxton and canals in general.