Plans to build a new Dundee FC stadium at Camperdown Park could still be derailed by access issues, The Courier can reveal.
While Transport Scotland is not formally objecting to the proposal, it has still to fully assess all the options put forward by the club as potential solutions to access difficulties that would be created by building a 15,000 seater stadium just off the Kingsway.
Dundee FC want to move from their home at Dens Park to a purpose-built stadium on land near Dundee Ice Arena.
The development would include training pitches, a retail park and housing.
But the ability of high volumes of traffic using the current road lay-out to enter the site on match days has been questioned.
Early suggestions have included the creation of new slip road from the Kingsway leading to the stadium.
However, this would mean traffic would only be able to enter and exit via the northbound carriageway of the A90.
If a new junction was created on the site, it could increase the cost of the development significantly.
It is understood the club initially intended to spend between £15 million and £18 million on the new stadium.
Creating a new junction could increase the price to more than £20 million.
A spokesman for Transport Scotland, which is responsible for Scotland’s trunk roads, said it is working closely with Dundee FC over plans for the new stadium but have yet to give a definitive green light.
He said: “Considerable progress has been made in determining an acceptable access strategy to the proposed development, and potential options have been identified for a more detailed assessment in due course.”
Mr Keyes has said building the new stadium would provide a regular and secure income for the Dark Blues.
But he said even if the stadium does not get built his family, who took control of the club five years ago, remains committed to Dundee FC.