One of the inland waterways' best-known pubs is set for a much-needed revamp.

One of the inland waterways’ best-known pub sites is set for a much-needed revamp.

The run-down pub at Foxton Locks is visited by more than 200,000 people every year.

Tourists from across the UK and abroad head for the site in droves to see the historic Grade II-listed double staircase of locks and the remains of the Foxton Inclined Plane boatlift, which operated there from 1900 to 1910 and is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

The locks lie on the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal and mark the waterway’s change from narrow to broad canal.

Work will start at the end of January and include a full remodelling and refurbishment of the building to create a traditional pub, provide disabled access, a large raised canalside terrace, two glazed areas with views of the canal, a large kitchen and staff accommodation.

The new pub is expected to open in May 2005.