How is the Bridge financed and operated?

The Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust is a non-profit-making registered charity set up under an Act of Parliament of 1952. The Trust's only source of revenue is the toll. It receives no funding from any other source such as grants from central or local government or from the national lottery.

There are 12 unpaid Trustees, who between them have a range of expertise, particularly in the field of engineering. 10 of them are local residents and 2 are representatives of Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council. The Bridgemaster, a fully qualified civil engineer, is responsible for the day to day running of the Bridge.