A few hours before most of the Southport-Manchester line closes for 9 days, some wise crack decided that to add to the disruption they would steal some cables. This resulted in confusion and chaos. I was on the 18:16 from Piccadilly to Bolton and heard an emergency messege over the drivers radio (I was right at the front) telling the 18:10 from Victoria to Wigan North Western to stop immediatley and await further instructions. I thought it was rather strange but didn't expect it to affect my journey. On arrival at Bolton, the 18:45 was showing on the screens that it was delayed by 15 mins, so again, thought nothing of it. A few mins later, one of the customer advisors comes out and says the train is running late due to cable theft and things should be back to normal shortly. After this, all the full of self importance people swarm all over him saying it's a joke and all the rest of it that is usually said(it's hardly his fault). In the end, trains to Wigan were cancelled for tor a couple of hours I think and a rail replacement bus was brought it. I went to Wigan NW via Preston because I had to get to work. Just thought I would share my experience and say the staff at Bolton did great, considering they were mobbed by snooty people who think they are more important than everyone else. I also wonder how much money these crooks get for stealing and selling this cable? I assume it's a tidy amount of money they get from it.