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In the report's vision, car registratrion would be replaced by a motorist toll, while a congestion charge and a smog tax on city drivers would be introduced. Picture: Erica Harrison Source: Supplied

  • Report recommends new regional cities
  • Calls for congestion charge, smog tax
  • "Supertrain" would link cities on east coast

THE unchecked growth of mega-cities will be replaced by new regional towns of 300,000 people, public transport will be free and motorists will be billed on how much pollution they create under a plan being considered by the Federal Government.

Urbanisation is occurring at the greatest rate in human history, with Sydney and Melbourne forecast to double to eight million people each by 2050, a report released today by Federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese will say.

Among a raft of recommendations to be considered by the Government to combat over-populated, congested cities and their environmental impact, is a plan to create new regional cities, take traffic off the roads and encourage people to walk.

In the Australian Davos Connection's Cities Report vision, car registration would be replaced by a toll that charges motorists per kilometre, while a congestion charge and a smog tax on city drivers would be introduced.

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