The idea that this would not increase the trains over the level crossings is absurd. The new proposals include all the infrastructure that was in the old plans ( £ 800 million) PLUS a completely new station in Staines on a new site.
Only a complete innocent would believe that this could be justified to divert two existing trains an hour. As soon as that infrastructure exists more trains will be put on. If Network Rail wants efficient transport links it must first replace the level crossings (Egham has 4 in two miles) with bridges or tunnels.
I'd say that Waterloo is actually a lot more central than Paddington (certainly for the City) and is better connected by tube lines. There is also platform space available in the old Eurostar terminal (scandalously left unused for several years). A stop at Vauxhall could plug into the massive new development planned at Nine Elms (US Embassy) and Battersea.
Really hope this project goes forward to the planning stage.
Lambeth and Southwark should at least support Wandsworth Council in prooting this link. Hopefully Valerie Shawcross will also put her weight behind this.
Would be great... But crossrail is going to give London a fast link to heathrow. But the way this government is so short sighted about heathrow expansion we should be more concerned about fast high speed rail to Paris, bruxelles and amstrerdam!